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"The defence cooperation between Estonia and Finland and understanding of common threats increases the security and stability of the whole Nordic region," Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson said today at the meeting with the alumni of the National Defence Courses of Finland.

Mihkelson emphasised that, in recent years, great shifts have taken place in the security environment of Europe, mainly due to Russia’s aggressive politics. This has forced the NATO member states to raise the principles of collective defence and deterrence to the foreground once again.

“Our common aim can be only the securing of peace and stability in Europe. Our history has been too harsh for repeating tragic mistakes or not learning from them,” Mihkelson said.

Therefore the expanding of the security debate between Estonia and Finland is especially important in his opinion. “The better we understand common threats and can see possible solutions to them, the more far-sighted we can be in making correct political decisions,” Mihkelson said.

Photos of the meeting.

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