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  • 25 February 2019 11:03 Chief of Defence: our alliances are based on common values

    Chief of Defence: our alliances are based on common values

    Honourable President of the Republic, Honourable President of the  Riigikogu , Honourable Prime Minister, Your Excellencies, Members of the Defence Forces and the Defence League, Dear compatriots,  One hundred years ago, Private Hugo Saalis fought among others for the independence of Estonia in the Estonian War of Independence. He described one of his battles to me as follows. We had given away most of our ammunition to the main front, where there was a shortage of it. However, at one point, we came face to face with the enemy... and threw stones at the buggers! Estonians maintained their positions that day.

    With stones, if necessary – that is what fighting for our country was like then. Fighting for a country that only existed in dreams thus far. In 1999, Hugo Saalis was happy with the Republic of Estonia, because our own state meant a great deal to him. Today, we are willing to do what Hugo Saalis and the rest did 100 years ago. Today, we no longer have to use stones, because our equipment has...

  • 18 January 2019 14:22 Belgian troops joined the NATO enhanced forward presence battle group at Tapa

    A ceremony was conducted at Tapa military camp today where the freshly arrived Belgian troops took over the responsibility from the Danish contingent and joined the UK led battle group.

  • 07 May 2018 16:10 Over 30 international observers monitor Siil exercise in Estonia

    Over 30 observers from 15 countries, including from Russia and Belarus, as well as from the OSCE and other international organisations monitored the Siil exercise currently under way in Estonia.

  • 03 May 2018 11:04 Estonia conducts rapid response readiness exercise

    With the ongoing Siil (Hedgehog) exercise Estonian Government has now initiated a rapid response readiness exercise Quill. The snap exercise involving 223 reserve troops from 92 nd Air Surveillance Wing will take place from May 3 to 6.

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