Estonia’s intelligence team Estrif-6 finished its 10-year mission in Kosovo on Monday with a flag-lowering ceremony at the Camp Olat Rye military base in Europe’s newest republic.
The Estrif-6 team members received its ceremonial end where Estonia’s Minister of Defense Jaak Aaviksoo along with Raivo Lumiste, colonel lieutenant of Estonian Defense League awarded them with medals given to the participants taking part of international military force keeping peace between Kosovo and Serbia.
Although Estonian defense forces served at the Kosovo mission in 1999, now only couple of Estonian field officers will stay with NATO’s peacekeeping KFOR team. However, Aaviksoo said in his speech at the ceremony that the mission in Kosovo shows not only NATO’s importance but also Estonia’s good experience as guarantor of security.
Aaviksoo’s visit ends Tuesday when he meets the EULEX authorities and Kosovo’s Minister of Foregn Affairs Skender Hyseni and Minister of Security Forces Fehmi Mujota.
However, unlike its southern neighbor Lithuania, Estonia has no plans to sign a military cooperation agreement with Kosovo.
“There is no defense-related agreements planned with Kosovo, and we do not see the need for it, as many countries already are giving defense-related aid to Kosovo, and above all, Estonia focuses on Montenegro in Balkan region,” Peetr Kuimet, a press spokesman of the Estonian Ministry of Defense told Baltic Reports.
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