Estonia Seeks Long-Term Deployment of NATO Troops

The Estonian government supports the long-term presence of NATO troops in the Baltic States. Tallinn plans to invest in the construction of barracks and academic buildings for the alliance's troops.

The Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, expressed hope that during the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016 a decision as to the permanent presence of Alliance troops in "Estonia and neighboring countries" will be made. An interview with the Estonian Prime Minister was published on Monday, January 12th, in the newspaper Postimees.

According to the head of the Estonian government, the European division of NATO forces should be placed in Estonia along with U.S. troops. Estonia plans to invest in the construction of barracks and academic buildings for the military in 2016. Rõivas noted that Estonia will take steps to strengthen its defenses in line with the arrival of the allied troops.

  Estonia, NATO troops, Taavi Rõivas

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