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    Formin: Estonia views NATO deterrence in Baltics as incomplete

    BRUSSELS, Jul 12, BNS - In the opinion of Estonia, the deterrence posture of NATO in the Baltic countries should be considered as being in the making, not as something that is complete, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said in an interview with BNS on Thursday.

    "Several key gaps still persist in the Baltic countries despite the impressive development that has taken place in the deterrence posture of NATO over the past four and a half years," Mikser said in the interview given on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.

    He said that what has been done by NATO in the Baltic countries to date is land-centered and addresses less the air and sea domains.

    "It is clear that there exist certain capabilities in this which it is very difficult to fit into our budgetary possibilities even in the medium-term perspective, especially considering that we have set out and budgeted our capability building plans with a rather long-term outlook," the minister told BNS.

    Mikser said that therefore Estonia needs the focus and support of allies to fill these key gaps.

    "This has to do with specific capabilities, one of which is air defense, as well as the ability of the alliance to bring additional troops into the region if necessary. The alliance also must be able to be in command of operations here," he told BNS.

    Based on the decisions of the Warsaw summit, NATO in 2017 deployed multinational battalions of about one thousand personnel in each of the Baltic countries and Poland. The U.K. is the lead country of the battalion in Estonia, Canada in Latvia, Germany in Lithuania and the U.S. in Poland.

    Since then matters related to the possibility to send reinforcements to the so-called enhanced Forward Presence units in the region and providing air defense have become topical.

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 12.07.2018 18:00
    • LETA, BNS
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