Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) is currently on an official visit to Finland, where on Tuesday he met with Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen to discuss regional security and bilateral cooperation as well as laid wreaths at the Cross of Heroes in Hietaniemi Cemetery, the Monument to the Finnish Boys and the Marshal Mannerheim Monument.
"I am pleased that, once again, over a long period of time, it is possible to meet in person with our good friends from Finland," Luik said according to a ministry press release. "Yesterday we celebrated the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Finland, and today, the first visit to Finland after the end of the emergency situation is taking place."
At Tuesday's meeting, the two defense ministers discussed the regional security picture, noting that, despite the spread of the virus, Russia has not changed its activities in the international arena and that security threats in the region have not disappeared.
"Due to the fact that the security threats in our region have not changed, we cannot make concessions in the development of our defense capabilities," Luik stressed.
On Wednesday, Luik was scheduled to meet with Commander of the Finnish Defense Forces Gen. Timo Kivinen as well as visit Finland's Emergency Response Center Agency, one of the models for Estonia's own planned emergency response center.
Editor: Aili Vahtla