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Defence minister: Estonia and NATO partners able to stave off Russia’s likely adventures

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Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could make attempts to test NATO’s red line; however, Estonia and its NATO allies can collectively prevent such attempts from Russia.

ERR, citing an interview by Mikser to Estonian daily Postimees, published on November 28, reports that Mikser evaluated Putin may be tempted to put the upcoming U.S. government to the test  and to take advantage of the moment in which the old administration is no longer in power and its successor has just yet taken over.

«But that is preventable — the more clearly collective messages are communicated, the fewer attempts he will make to toy with the red line,» said the Estonian minister, evaluating that the sooner the new U.S. administration was in place, the smaller the likelihood would become that this would happen.

«We are confident in our allies that we will not be gifted away in some geostrategic game. It is not only important that we know this, but that Putin knows this as well,» Mikser explained.

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  1. Richard Mayson says:

    This Minister doesn’t demonstrate a realistic grasp of international affairs and especially how the Baltic states are being callously used by the USA and its European instrument, NATO, to unnecessarily raise tension levels by the installation of NATO troops in Latvia, and missiles in adjacent states and perhaps even the Baltic states in the near future.

    To expect that Russia will not see this upping of military pressure right on Russia’s borders as extreme and dangerous to its own security, when the USA almost started a third world nuclear war in the sixties over similar things happening by Russia in Cuba, show political and diplomatic immaturity by the Baltic’s, with potentially disastrous consequences.

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    • Linda says:

      what a lot of tripe you’ve written. The Baltics WELCOME the USA and NATO. Indeed the Baltics clamoured to be let into NATO in 2000s and got their fervent wishes. It’s Russia we NOT want.

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  2. Ilmars says:

    It looks like the Russian propaganda troll unit is starting up again.
    Thr reason for the deployment of Nato forces in the Baltic states is a direct result of the Russian invasion of Crimea, and its subsequent military intervention in the Ukraine.
    If Russia doesnt want Nato forces on its doorstep then the solution is simple – dont go around invading peaceful nearby countries.

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