Thursday, 26 May 2016

NATOSource: Estonia Calls for Patriot Shield to Deter Russia in Baltic Region

NATOSource: Estonia Calls for Patriot Shield to Deter Russia in Baltic Region

In an interview with the Financial Times, Lieutenant General Riho Terras, Estonia’s commander-in-chief, said an inadequate air defence capability made the Baltic region vulnerable to a Russian lightning attack. Nato needed to consider increasing the number of warplanes it has based in the region, and plan for the deployment of Patriot batteries.

“Of very great importance is our self-defence capability ... what we need [for that] is air defence capability,” said Gen Terras. “We need to be ready and we need to look at what we need to do. Russia behaves opportunistically. If they have the opportunity, they’ll jump through the window to take it....”

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