“In 2017, we assessed the global security environment to be turbulent and at this moment, there is no reason to change that assessment,” said the prime minister. “We must continue to fight for security, stability, and the inviolability of international law in Europe and the entire world along with our allies and friends,” he added.
According to the prime minister, our security is first and foremost supported by the desire of all Estonians to protect their country and to contribute to that goal in many areas of life. More broadly speaking, it also depends on the unity of NATO and the European Union, as well as a strong relationship with the United States, who is Estonia’s most important ally in security policy. Thanks to years of purposeful work, Estonia has developed a national defence based on real capabilities and ensured its people’s sense of security as well. This is a broad-based effort to which public authorities, local governments, businesses, and, ultimately, all citizens contribute.
According to Prime Minister Ratas, the pandemic serves as a sharp reminder of the importance of solidarity in critical moments and the extent to which we depend on mutual support, assistance, and cooperation. “Hopefully, this reminder will help us preserve and secure the values important to us and support the international organisations which have been the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in Europe for the past 75 years,” the prime minister emphasised.
According to Ratas, it is imperative that our people, organisations, and authorities continue to increase their preparedness for all sorts of crises in the current security environment.
“We must establish a culture of preparedness where people are able to cope independently at least for a while during the onset of a crisis,” said the prime minister. “The experience of previous crises can serve us as a guide, but must not limit us, because we never know the exact nature of the next crisis to hit us,” he added.
On 31 May 2017, the Riigikogu approved the basic principles of Estonia’s security policy. Today, the prime minister gave the Riigikogu an overview of the achievement of the objectives of the security policy.
Full text of the prime minister’s speech (in Estonian): https://www.valitsus.ee/sites/default/files/news-related-files/2020-05-22_tolge_jpaettekanne_20.05.pdf
Photos (Erik Peinar / Riigikogu): https://www.flickr.com/photos/stenbockimaja/albums/72157714378761207