At today’s ceremony, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik presented mission medals to Estonian servicemen who participated in foreign missions.
‘My sincerest thanks and deepest appreciation to you for your contribution to the security of our country,’ said Minister of Defence Luik.
‘No one is able to say for certain how many lives have been saved thanks to your contribution towards creating a secure and stable environment,’ he added.
Luik emphasised that the political credibility and practical experiences acquired during the operations are priceless when it comes to Estonia’s national defence.
‘The contribution and sense of responsibility of servicemen in ensuring security in the various regions of the world has helped Estonia to prove itself as a solid and reliable partner in the eyes of its allies,’ noted Luik.
Today, the British, French, Danes, and Americans are taking part in ensuring Estonia’s security. ‘All of those countries are connected to us through our brotherhood in arms in mission areas,’ said Luik.
Luik expressed particular thanks to the loved ones of servicemen. ‘I know that the situation has frequently been more complicated for your loved ones than it has for you, since a family member leaving on a mission changes everyone’s life,’ said Luik.
According to the Minister of Defence, Estonia's participation in international operations will continue.
Last week, infantry platoon Estpla-27 was deployed to the Afghan capital of Kabul, to participate in operation Resolute Support.
There are plans to send an infantry platoon to Mali at the beginning of July, to participate in the French led Operation Barkhane. Estonia has been participating in international operations since 1995.
Estonia is currently contributing platoon sized units to the peacekeeping mission UNIFIL, in Lebanon, and the NATO led training and advising mission Resolute Support, in Afghanistan.
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