Estonia, United States sign agreement on protection of classified information

  • 2023-11-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian Ambassador Kristjan Prikk and Michael Laychak, director of the Defense Technology Security Administration at the US Department of Defense, on Monday signed the agreement on classified information between the two countries.

The agreement, signed at the Estonian embassy in Washington, sets out the conditions for the exchange and protection of classified information in Estonia and in the United States, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The ambassador said that whereas the first similar agreement between Estonia and the United States was signed back in 2000, we have now taken the next step.

"While Estonia's cooperation with the United States has been excellent in every area, the new agreement reflects a further expansion of cooperation between our two countries. The new agreement helps to improve the exchange of classified information, especially in foreign relations, cybersecurity and cooperation between police structures. The agreement also provides additional possibilities for Estonian companies who would like to expand to the US market and take part in classified tenders," Prikk added.

The agreement on the protection of classified information is an international agreement aimed at providing maximum mutual protection for the state secrets of both Estonia and the United States in line with international law. Estonia has agreements of this kind with 32 close partners. The first such agreement between Estonia and the United States, signed in 2000, only covered the principles of the protection of classified military information. The new agreement establishes the grounds for the exchange of all classified information.

The agreement will be registered at the UN Secretariat and published in Riigi Teataja after it has entered into force.