Top-ranked US general in Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

Open gallery
13 photos
Author: (Siim Teder/Benjamin Siirak/Estonian Defense Forces)
{{1442212581000 | amCalendar}}

Four-star General Martin Dempsey, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Estonia on Sunday for a two-day visit.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest ranking officer in the US Armed Forces.

Dempsey will meet Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, Defense Minister Sven Mikser and the US Ambassador to Estonia, Jeffrey D. Levine. On Tuesday, Dempsey will meet President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Defense-related cooperation, the development of the Estonian Defense Forces and the regional security situation will be the main topics on the table.

He will also visit the cyber defense center, as well as the Estonian Defense Forces' headquarters and the US troops stationed at Tapa.

He will lay a wreath at the War of Independence Victory Column with Lieutenant General Riho Terras, the head of the Estonian Defense Forces.

Editor: J.M. Laats

Kallas, Kasemets, Maasikas: EU is strong, no upside to losing the euro

Speaking on Vikerraadio's "Reporteritund" ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Siim Kallas, Keit Kasemets and Matti Maasikas agreed that despite its prblems, the EU remained strong as a union.

Opinion digest: How can Estonia shed its reputation as a frontline state?

In a recent opinion piece in Postimees, Propastop, a blog maintained by Estonian Defence Forces volunteers, listed suggestions on how Estonia could shed its international reputation as a frontline state.