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HomeNEWS AND MEDIA200813 June 2008 - CYBER-DEFENCE, RUSSIA FOCAL POINTS OF NATO PARLIAMENTARIANS VISIT IN ESTONIA AND FINLAND [ PRESS RELEASE]

13 June 2008 - CYBER-DEFENCE, RUSSIA FOCAL POINTS OF NATO PARLIAMENTARIANS VISIT IN ESTONIA AND FINLAND [ PRESS RELEASE]

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Security challenges related to the resurgence of Russia dominated discussions during the June 9-12 visit of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation to Estonia and Finland. The delegation, led by Sub-Committee Chairman Mr. Sven Mikser (Estonia), was composed of members of parliament from 10 different countries.


The Sub-Committee visited Estonia's brand new Co-operative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence, whose relevance was highlighted by the widely reported cyber-attacks on Estonia in May 2007.  A visit to the Estonian Air Surveillance Center provided the delegation insight into NATOs Baltic Air Policing policy.   In addition, the delegation met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and other leading civilian and military officials as well as independent experts, and discussed issues ranging from NATO's engagement in Afghanistan to the Alliances policies on enlargement and energy security. 

In Finland, senior officials briefed the group on the ongoing debate regarding potential NATO membership, as well as the production of a new Defence White Paper, and the implications of the EU Lisbon Treaty's security-related elements for Finland.  The group also discussed the deepening defence co-operation among Nordic countries.

A full report will be available shortly. 


 

 

 

 

 

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