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The Chairman of the National Defence Committee Mati Raidma met the Chief of General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces Lieutenant General Mieczysław Gocuł in the Riigikogu. The parties emphasised the importance of Estonian-Polish defence cooperation and joint exercises, as these strengthen the brotherhood-in-arms between the members of the defence forces of the allied nations and bring our countries closer to one another. 

“International exercises, such as Kevadtorm of this year, will again become important because these connect the defence forces, soldiers and officers of the allied nations,” Raidma said. He remarked that the cooperation capacity of the allies – a legacy of the mission in Afghanistan – needs to be maintained, and that field exercises with the inclusion of units from different countries provide a good opportunity for this. 

Raidma also referred to the active participation of Poland in Baltic air policing, as well as in the work of the Baltic Defence College and the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. 

Lieutenant General Gocuł said that Poland would be happy to send its officers and soldiers to Estonia. He added that countries must lean on each other and cooperate, as unity makes us stronger. 

Gocuł and Raidma stressed the importance of consistent funding for the development of defence forces, as well as the allocation of a fixed percentage of the GDP – 2 % – to military defence. The parties concluded that Estonia and Poland among the countries who already do so. 

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Source: Estonian Defence Forces

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Riigikogu album: http://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/Komisjonid/XII+Riigikogu/Riigikaitsekomisjon_002/poola/

The Riigikogu Press Service

 

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