Estonian parlt speaker: Finland's NATO accession opens defense cooperation opportunities

  • 2023-08-17
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - When meeting with Speaker of the Finnish parliament Jussi Halla-aho who was on a visit to Estonia, President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar said on Thursday that Finland’s NATO membership will provide even more opportunities to develop the long-standing defense cooperation between Estonia and Finland.

"The defense cooperation between Estonia and Finland has been going on for decades. Now that Finland is a member of NATO, we will have even more opportunities to further cooperation. In these complicated times, we should take full advantage of these opportunities," Hussar emphasized. The speakers expressed their delight that Estonia and Finland are important partners to each other which is  also manifested in the close cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries.

Besides Finland's NATO membership and the cooperation between the Estonian and Finnish parliaments, the support to Ukraine, including in its accession to the European Union and NATO, was also discussed at the meeting. Energy security was in focus, too.

The president of the Riigikogu pointed out that Estonia wishes to decouple itself from Russian power grid and to synchronize itself with the continental European grid. He noted that it is Estonia’s goal to establish offshore wind farms as well as to develop the use of solar energy.

Chairman of the national defense committee Kalev Stoicescu also participated in the meeting.

On Thursday, Halla-aho also met with Estonian President Alar Karis and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and visited the Memorial to the Victims of Communism at Maarjamae in Tallinn.