BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – Military troops from the United Kingdom’s 5th Battalion, the Rifles (5 RIFLES) arrived at the Amari Air Base in Harjumaa in northern Estonia on Friday to set up a UK headquarters inside the Baltic country.

The 120 soldiers are the first of a total of 800 UK troops to be deployed in Estonia for NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence operation which, according to UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, is aimed at deterring “Russian aggression.”

The troops will join around 200 US soldiers already stationed in Estonia and will be joined by additional Danish and French soldiers.

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The soldiers are based 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the Russian border and are scheduled to operate in the former Soviet country for five years. This is the UK’s first long-term deployment along the Russian border since the end of the Cold War in 1991.

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        • => think they know better what they are afraid of. =>
          Yes I know they are afraid. But that is phobia because of old Stalin’s communist militarism and expansionism.

          Russia is a democracy now and merely just as nationalistic as they. Unlike the US Russia must pay real money for military adventurism. IMHO Russia will desist.

  1. No Russian aggression. Russia is currently not threatening or attacking Estonia. Nor is Russia demanding Estonian or other Baltic territory. Russia merely re-deployed national forces (after some absence) especially in Eastern East-Prussia, Kaliningrad Oblast because the Russian leadership feels that it can finally financially afford it again.

    Sending NATO forces to Estonia is no aggression either. But why send Brits to the gates of St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad/Koenigsberg?
    The UK just left the EC.

    Better send native continental European NATO forces from the South. Or even better create an EC military border defense force or a military border defense police and station it along the EC outside borders. Especially along the Bulgarian/Greek/Turkish borders and on Cyprus where we (EC) have issues with a neighbor demanding and occupying EC soil.

    • Why???? Because people of Baltic states do not trust Russia at all (and I guess they know why better than you do). I fully agree that we should improve Europe defence capabilities (we wasted last 30 years) but we must do that with respect to reality. If you like that or not Russia IS threat to sovereignty of EU and NATO member states.

  2. What deterrence!? If Russians invaded Baltic states whey would last few hours to a day maximum. What NATO is doing is provoking Russia, first with Ballistic shield in Poland and Czech republic and now this. What would USA has to say if for example Russia deployed it’s S-400 system let’s say on Cuba or Mexico? Wait, don’t answer that, we already know the answer…

    • Not hours or days. It will cause ten years of partisan warfare.
      Like 1945 until into the 50ies.

      Putin knows history and said it costs money to start military adventures.

      I agree about the rest – the US started the provocation game.
      They pay no money but refinance aggression via Breton Woods.

      p.s. And that is fact all the rest is speculative.