Estonia wants U.S. troops in the Baltics

Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas urged the United States to ramp up its military presence in the Baltic countries in an interview with Financial Times (FT). Russia has amassed over 100,000 troops on the Ukraine border. Kallas wants NATO to boost its eastern flank presence irrespective of whether Russia invades Ukraine or not. NATO last reinforced its eastern flank after the 2014 annexation of Crimea. Estonia is currently hosting British, Danish and French troops.

https://news.postimees.ee/7437954/kallas-calls-for-u-s-troop…

Kaja Kallas told FT:

“The best deterrence is having powerful friends. A bully will leave you alone if you have friends who are big and strong. The same goes for deterrence, the American flag is the greatest deterrent one can have against Russia.”

“We would like to see the eastern flank reinforced in any event. Not only should Russia invade Ukraine. We have been making relevant efforts for a long time.”

U.S. President Joe Biden is considering sending thousands of soldiers, as well as ships and aircraft to reinforce NATO allies in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Jaak

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The Estonians are right to be worried.

Russia has increased it’s demands, from never allowing Ukraine to join NATO, to, now, demanding NATO pull out of Bulgaria and Romania. Bulgaria and Romania are current members of NATO. How many other members of NATO will Putin demand be cut off and left to their own devices? Probably all of them.

Russia wants NATO forces to leave Romania, Bulgaria - foreign ministry

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-wants-nato-force…

Steve

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Six US fighter jets arrived in Estonia on Wednesday to boost the NATO mission there, as tensions in the region rise over fears of a Russian assault on Ukraine.

The F-15E jets arrived at the Amari base in northwest Estonia to take part in an exercise along with four Danish jets due to arrive in Lithuania on Thursday.

“The additional aircraft will work closely with the current detachments to increase our readiness, build crucial interoperability and underline the robust solidarity across the Alliance,” Major General Joerg Lebert, Chief of Staff at Headquarters Allied Air Command in Germany, said in a statement.

The exercise is taking place after Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas called for a greater US presence in the Baltic states in order to deter Russia.

https://www.barrons.com/news/us-fighter-jets-arrive-in-eston…


If you are interested in seeing a picture of these jets in Estonia, then follow this link:

https://www.postimees.ee/7439240/kuus-usa-havitajat-saabus-e…

Jaak