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Estonia and Switzerland signed a military defence cooperation agreement

19. June 2020 - 16:49
Estonia and Switzerland signed a military defence cooperation agreement
Estonia and Switzerland signed a military defence cooperation agreement

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik signed an agreement with the Secretary General of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) of the Swiss Confederation, with which a legal basis will be established for bilateral co-operation in the field of military training.

According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the agreement provides an opportunity to co-operate extensively to a much greater extent than before. ‘Today’s cooperation focuses on the exchange of experiences in the field of mobilization, there is potential for development in the field of defence industry contacts and cyber cooperation. The agreement creates a practical output for the organization of defence projects’, he said. In addition, it will have a positive impact on Estonia’s security and foreign relations.

Luik said that the agreement makes it possible to organize, for example, the training of armed forces and civilian personnel, trainings and internships in educational institutions, cyber exercises, consultations on logistics, military medicine, defence law and environmental protection topics, cooperation between military museums, and the exchange of exhibits and rescue training.

‘Estonia and Switzerland have been cooperating in defence since the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Estonia, when Switzerland provided significant support in building Estonia's national defence’, added Luik. Switzerland has supported Estonia with defence equipment and the establishment of its conscript service, reserve force and mobilization system. Switzerland also made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Baltic Defence College.

Estonia and Switzerland have previously concluded an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Swiss Federal Council for the exchange of classified information, which entered into force on 1 February 2018.

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