Member of the Riigikogu, Lieutenant General (Retired), Johannes Kert was the Commander of the Defence Forces in 1996–2000. In 2001–2002, he served as the Commander of Land Forces, and in 2002–2008 as the Military Representative of Estonia to NATO and the European Union.
Johannes Kert was Vice Chair of the Estonian delegation to the Baltic Assembly and member of the 13th and the 14th Riigikogu. To Members and the Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly Johannes Kert was not only a committed member and important asset for the Baltic cooperation, but also a wonderful colleague and a close friend. Without Johannes Kert the Baltic Assembly will be very different. His contribution in the security and defence of the Baltic states has been paramount for our work. Honouring the contribution and ideas that he brought to the Baltic Assembly, we will continue the work he started.
We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Johannes Kert, as well as members of the Estonian delegation of the Baltic Assembly.