Estonia urges NATO to place Patriot anti-aircraft systems in the Baltic States

Estonian news portal Delfi reported that Riho Terras, the Estonian Defense Forces Commander, stated that the Baltic countries need Patriot missile systems to deter Russia from attacking.

He noted that insufficient air defense makes the Baltic region vulnurable to possible surprise attacks from Russia. According to Terras, NATO has the ability to increase the strength of the Air Force stationed in the region and form batteries of Patriot systems.

"For our defense capability it is very important that we have Air Defense Forces. We have to be ready, and we need to look at what needs to be done. Russian behavior is opportunistic. If it has an opportunity to grab something it will climb through the window," Terras said.

Earlier, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas called on NATO to increase its military presence in the area.

  Estonia, NATO