Estonia, Finland Push 4-Year Defense Cooperation Plan

By Steve Roman (October 26, 2011)

Minister of Defense Mart Laar met with his Finnish counterpart Stefan Wallin in Tallinn on October 25 where the two agreed to draw up a four-year framework agreement on defense cooperation.

The document would set out the two countries’ objectives and main areas of defense collaboration for the period, a statement from the Estonian Ministry of Defense said.

“Since 1990, the defense cooperation between Estonia and Finland has been very close and beneficial. The four-year cooperation plan aims to raise these relations to a new level, so that through our joint activities both Estonia and Finland can save taxpayers’ money,” said Laar, citing as an example a joint procurement in 2009 that allowed Estonia to buy two medium-range radar stations for the price of one.

During Wallin’s one-day visit, the two defense ministers also discussed Nordic and Baltic cooperation, EU battle groups, operations in Afghanistan and cyber defense issues.