Ukrainian Crisis Has Spotlighted Deterrence, Ilves Says ({{commentsTotal}})

The situation in Ukraine has presented new demands on Estonia's governance, internal security and military defense, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves noted at the meeting of the National Defense Council on Wednesday.

The council discussed the developments in Ukraine in the past two months and drew conclusions on Estonian national defense, reported on Wednesday.

The president said that deterrence is an important keyword and a visible and long-term presence of NATO in the Baltic states is a part of that, citing the imminent arrival of members of the 173rd US Airborne Brigade Combat Team and the increase of fighters in the Baltic air policing mission as good examples.

The head of state stressed that deterrence largely depends on the motivation of people themselves and called on politicians to avoid populism.

The council is an advisory body to the president, consisting of the speaker of Parliament, the prime minister, the chairmen of the parliament’s national defense committee and the foreign affairs committee, the minister of foreign affairs, the minister of defense, the minister of finance, the minister of the interior, the minister of justice and the commander of the Defense Forces.