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Laar urges Estonia to ensure total protection in the new century

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The Scandinavian countries have long realized that a country is unable to protect itself in a war only by using armed forces. Representatives of the civil society should also involve in the national defence, indicates the Estonian Defence Ministry, in reference to Mart Laar, Estonian Defence Minister and chairman of the right-wing party Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica (IRL).

Laar voiced the statement in his speech at the international conference ABCD in Tallinn, which focuses on the Baltic States, the European Union and NATO’s co-operation issues in the new international circumstances, reports Regnum.

Laar emphasized that globalization has brought together countries from all over the world, yet also making them more vulnerable, including to cyber crimes, information wars and terrorist attacks. He therefore called for ensuring total protection that is required for facing the 21st century’s challenges. In his view, Estonia and other countries really need a broad approach to security issues, where all public authorities, the private sector and the civil society cooperate to protect the population.

The Defence Minister pointed out that the call for much greater involvement of Estonians in tackling national defence issues has been included in the National Defence Strategy that was adopted in 2010.

It should be noted that Estonia’s 2012 budget expenditure in defence area will hit 2% of GDP for the first time. The Estonian armed forces are set to receive the first military equipment in the national defence structure system at the expense of additional financial resources.


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