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Minister of Defence Luik marked the anniversary of the Battle of Cesis, in Latvia

22. June 2019 - 17:00
Minister of Defence Luik marked the anniversary of the Battle of Cesis, in Latvia
Minister of Defence Luik marked the anniversary of the Battle of Cesis, in Latvia

Today, in Latvia – together with our neighbours to the south – Minister of Defence Jüri Luik participated in the dedication of the Skangali Memorial Stone and the Victory Day parade, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cesis.

According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the victory in the War of Independence, in which Estonian and Latvian forces won on a united front against the German VI Reserve Corps, was of critical importance to the two young nations. He noted that Estonian and Latvian security is very directly related today, and our cooperation – which takes place primarily in the form of Baltic defence cooperation – is closer and more comprehensive than ever before.

‘Our security, and the security of our neighbours to the south, is closely intertwined. An important milestone in ensuring the security of the region is the operational readiness of Multinational Division North (HQ MND N), located in Adazi, which enhances the defence of the region. This has brought Estonia and Latvia even closer together,' stated Luik.

Minister of Defence Luik laid a wreath at the Memorial Stone, unveiled to commemorate the Battle of Skangali, and took part in the parade. At the same time, Luik visited armoured train No. 7 Wabadus, completed by the Estonian War Museum in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, which is open to visitors in Latvia in honour of Victory Day.

Also taking part in Victory Day celebrations in Latvia were President Kersti Kaljulaid and Commander of the Defence Forces, Major General Martin Herem.

On 22 June 1919, the Kalevlaste Malev beat back the Baltic Landwehr at Skangali Manor, in Latvia. In doing so, the Kalevlaste Malev blocked the opportunity for the Landwehr to move behind Kuperjanov’s Partisans and the armoured trains.

Photos: https://pildid.mil.ee/index.php?/category/59478

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