Massive build up of UK and NATO troops in Estonia

Created on: 18th March 2017

If Hilary Clinton had won the last US election, we would be at war by now with Russia. Donald Trump has been able to take down the level of banter between the two super powers, but despite this British troops have begun a long-term deployment to Estonia on Saturday, as Germany’s intelligence chief warned Russia had doubled its military presence on its Western border.

An advanced contingent of 120 British soldiers landed at Estonia’s Amari airbase late on Friday night as part of a new Nato deployment designed to deter Russia from attempting a repeat of its invasions of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine in the Baltic.

Eight hundred British troops with Challenger 2 tanks, AS90 self-propelled guns, and Warrior armoured vehicles, will be based in the town of Tapa, 80 miles from the Russian border, from next month.

The force, made up of one armoured infantry support group based on 5th Battalion The Rifles Battlegroup and tanks from the Queens Royal Hussars, will be joined by an armoured infantry company and artillery elements from the French Marines.

A Danish contingent will replace the French in 2018. The deployment is part of what Nato is calling an “enhanced forward presence,” designed to reassure eastern allies and deter potential Russian aggression.  

"In the face of an increasingly assertive Russia, Nato is stepping up its commitment to collective defence," said Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, as the first British troops deployed.  

However, there will be diplomatic conversations on-going to make sure that this does escalate into a confrontation, but a show of power is needed to gain respect. 

Posted by David Pilkington

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