Visit by H.E. Mr Vesa Vasara, the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the Republic of Estonia

Today, on 20th April, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) had an honour to host a visit by H.E. Mr Vesa Vasara, the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the Republic of Estonia. Ambassador was accompanied by the Defence Attache, CDR Ulla Murtomäki. Ambassador Vasara was appointed in 2022 and it was his first visit to BALTDEFCOL.

The high level delegation was welcomed by the Commandant Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, Dean Colonel (ret) Dr. Zdzislaw Sliwa and Director of Senior Leaders' Course/ Higher Command Studies Course, Prof Col (ret) Eugeniusz Cieślak. The visit started with the office call, where the bi-lateral cooperation between the College and Finland was discussed. The Commandant expressed his intent to have a closer cooperation with Finns as Finland joined NATO this year.

First steps for more frequent cooperation are made, the representatives from Finnish National Defence University will take part in the Combined Joint Staff Exercise Joint Resolve, which aims to formulate a solution to complex operational problems by developing and executing a viable joint operational plan using NATO operational planning process. The exercise is part of the Joint Command and General Staff Course curriculum and since the 2019, it is conducted in cooperation with War Studies University (Poland).

The programme continued with a briefing session where the Ambassador received a general overview of the historical background, mission, and tasks of the College and learned about the various courses and related activities conducted at the BALTDEFCOL. The main emphasis was on introduction of the college’s courses to have students from Finnish Defence Forces and have a Finland flag presented at the Faculty as well, especially Finnish authorities’ representation in the Senior Leaders’ Course.

The second interesting topic for Ambassador was the BALTDEFCOL accreditation by NATO Allied Command Transformation, so the process and benefits were discussed during the Q&A session.

The visit was followed by a meeting with the representatives of the Estonian Military Academy. 


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