The Defense Ministers of Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which Sweden will assume responsibility as the framework nation of the Nordic battle group, reports the Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Considering the fact that Estonia is the only member of the battle group that is both a member of NATO and the EU, our participation in the group with Sweden, Finland and Norway is a sign of strengthening of our partnerships with other nations,” said the Defense Minister Jaak Joeruut of Estonia. Estonia continuously believes that it is important for the EU’s common foreign policy to have a strong defense component, because that is the only way to protect values and principle’s of European security strategy,” continued the Minister.
Estonia’s military contribution to the EU battle group will be up to 45 troops. In addition to a force protection unit, Estonia will provide staff offices, medical and logistic personnel.