First batch of UK troops landed in Estonia to deter ‘Russian aggression’

The first of 800 UK troops being sent to bolster Nato defences in the Baltic have arrived in Estonia.

The 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in April.

The defence secretary said they would deter “Russian aggression”.

The UK is taking a leading role in Nato’s “enhanced forward presence” operation, aimed at reinforcing the alliance’s eastern border.

Tensions between Estonia and Russia increased as a result of the Ukraine conflict, which resulted in the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.

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2 thoughts on “First batch of UK troops landed in Estonia to deter ‘Russian aggression’

  1. marlene

    It’s BECAUSE NATO moved in the countries bordering Russia that Russian, in turn, sent their own troops to their own border. Obama even had US troops stationed across from Russia’s borders and THIS is what caused Russia to take protective action. I suspect it’s really NATO and its allies who want war with Russia and not the other way around.


    1. Ivan Klimes (@ifklimes)

      Tell that to the Ukrainians, Georgians and Estonians (cyber attacks, kidnaps over the border etc).
      It is the other way round. Putin moved large troop formations close to the borders of EU eastern members long before any NATO units were sent there on request of these countries. Plus Putin moved rockets to Russian Kaliningrad enclave. Poland, I think, has no such weaponry on its territory. Also what about Russian air force in mock attacks on the UK, Swedish, Finnish, Danish airspace? I have not heard about any British, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian planes interfering with the Russian north flank – did you?



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