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At the meeting with the Minister of Defence of Finland Jussi Niinistö in Helsinki today, Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson emphasised the importance of bilateral defence cooperation.

Mihkelson said that in security issues, Estonia and Finland have to exchange information and have as open discussions as possible, both at political and official levels. “There is no doubt that we and Finland are facing similar challenges,” Mihkelson said.

Mihkelson and Niinistö had a long discussion about regional security. They also spoke about the proposed amendments to the EU Firearms Directive, on which both countries have similar positions. Niinistö said that Finland is categorically against all amendments that reduce defence capability. Mihkelson added that Estonia supports the Finnish approach, and has submitted its reservations to the legislative proceedings of the Firearms Directive.

Mihkelson is on a two-day visit to Finland. Yesterday he delivered a report titled “The Security Challenges of the Baltic Sea Region” to foreign policy opinion leaders and diplomats at the Paasikivi Society.

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