Country Risk

New Estonian Defence Forces commander denies country could be overrun in days

18 January 2018

On 16 January 2018, the Estonian Parliament’s National Defence Committee approved Defence Minister Jüri Luik’s choice of Brigadier General Martin Herem as the next commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), state-owned media have reported.

“Martin Herem is a modern officer who has proved himself capable of comprehensively developing the national defence system,” said Luik.

Committee Chairman Hannes Hanso said the committee endorsed Herem’s candidacy unanimously. “The [current] commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, General Riho Terras, also supported Herem as his successor,” Hanso said.

In an interview with ERR, Estonian Public Broadcasting, on 3 January, Brig Gen Herem said that although some areas could be taken from Estonia, a foreign power could not occupy all the country in just days.

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