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21 December 2010

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The UK Ministryof Defence (MoD) has signed a procurement framework agreement with Estonia to purchase weapons jointly in the future.

The deal, signed in Tallinn, Estonia, last week by UK minister of state for the armed forces Nick Harvey and Estonian minister of defence Jaak Aaviksoo, will be used by the two countries when buying the same type of equipment at the same time.

The framework agreement means Estonian and British officials will regularly exchange information about planned procurements of weapons, ammunition and other equipment.

According to Aaviksoo, the agreement will intensify the defence relationships between Estonia and UK. “Joint procurements will enable us to save Estonian as well as British taxpayers’ money and to use the procurement expertise of both countries in a more sustainable way. I look forward to turning this document into reality in the near future,” he said.

Aaviksoo said joint procurements by the two countries would improve the cooperation capability of Estonian and British defence forces because similar types of equipment would be used more than ever before.

Harvey also took the opportunity to thank the Estonian nation for its contribution to the operation in Afghanistan. “We appreciate very highly the activities of Estonian servicemen in Helmand province and their contribution to our common struggle,” he said.

The Estonian Ministry of Defence has signed similar joint buying deals with Sweden and Germany and is close to signing a deal with Finland.

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