From today until Tuesday, the members of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) participate in the annual security forum of the defence committees of the Baltic, Nordic and Polish parliaments, where the main topics are the security of the Baltic Sea region and threats of hybrid war.
Chairman of the National Defence Committee Hannes Hanso said that the Baltic and Nordic countries had clear common interests and a long-time defence cooperation. As an example of good cooperation, Hanso mentioned the agreements that allow the ships to take shelter in the ports of the Baltic Sea and the planes to land in the air bases of the allies. Estonia also wishes to join the air surveillance picture sharing project.
“The meeting in Poland will provide a good possibility to coordinate positions on the developments of NATO and the defence sector of the European Union, and also share our expectations regarding the results of the NATO Summit,” Hanso said. “Several NATO countries are of the opinion that the alliance has already contributed enough in the East, but our target is that NATO should strengthen its deterrence in the region.”
NATO Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin will also be visited during the visit to Poland. Besides the Chairman of the National Defence Committee Hannes Hanso, members of the Committee Johannes Kert, Ants Laaneots and Margus Tsahkna participate in the visit.
The defence cooperation of the Baltic States and the Nordic Countries is currently led by Norway, whose priorities are, among other things, in autonomous and unmanned technology topics, and logistics and supply security cooperation, which also includes common technology repair bases, procurements and maintenance issues.