Estonia Calls for More NATO Presence

World | April 16, 2014, Wednesday // 11:02| Views: 837 | Comments: 24
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Bulgaria: Estonia Calls for More NATO Presence Estonian President Toomas Ilves. Photo by Delfi.ee

Estonia is worried by Russia's actions in Ukraine and favors increased military presence on its territory as a security measure.

The President of the Baltic country, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, told CNN that the unpredictability of Russia's actions means the region is in need of more security.

"We need more exercises. We think that the decision to increase the number of planes providing air policing in the region is a very good one", President Ilves commented.

The Estonian head of state believes Europe is in a situation that it has not been faced with since World War 2, where a nation is annexing territory from a neighbor. According to Ilves, the sanctions against Moscow are also having little effect.

"We are in new territory right now. The rules have been broken. So that makes it very difficult for us to actually be able to guess what is in one or another person's mind. I think the consequences of his (President Putin) actions will lead to a dramatic downturn that we already are beginning to see in the economy of Russia", the President added.

Estonia, a former Soviet republic with nearly 25% ethnic Russian population, joined NATO in 2004.

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#24
Optimistic - 21 Apr 2014 // 11:30:54

To Captain America I am free, thank you.

The US has Guantanamo bay to keep people locked up with the protection of US law.

If the US had evidence against the people they locked up in Guantanamo bay they would bring them onshore and try them.

Your so called liberty is a lie.

#23
Lana J. - 21 Apr 2014 // 00:17:26

Pupp, just the same way Bulgarians are treating Turks who occupied them for 500 years

#22
Agent Piccadilly - 20 Apr 2014 // 13:20:12

Optimistic, Happy Easter to you! Let us use this time to reflect on what is good for our country and families and encourage Russia to free the Bulgarian people from the fascist chains of the EU.

#21
Optimistic - 20 Apr 2014 // 11:25:51

Happy Easter to all participants in this forum even people who have views I do not agree with.

Have a good day, a peaceful day and tomorrow we get back to arguing and insulting each other.

#20
Vladimir K. - 20 Apr 2014 // 10:44:47

Captain America, we do not need to be "free". Liberalism is nothing but freedom from morals and responsability, and these are needed in life.

Human rights, however, is a good thing.

#19
Captain America - 20 Apr 2014 // 08:20:06

When will the Russian people in Russia free themselves? And I'm not talking about drinking vodka. For that matter, when will optimisic, sasha, vladi, and gyorgi free him/herself? Soophresyne.

#18
,, - 19 Apr 2014 // 11:35:02

_but as an adult speaking a foreign language perfectly well is really difficult, not to mention expensive, or is it free? _

Free materials available, course costs refunded, I don't know the *exact* details. One does not even have to have a perfect grasp of the language, upon graduating high school the exam is considered passed.
More information on www . innove . ee /ru/ website (can't post links when unregistered, it seems).

_And were even rejected basic education according to them. _

I can really not see how that would happen. With what right would anyone deny them the right to go to school? None. Especially considering that going to school is mandatory up to a certain age and subject to fines if they don't.

Also given the circumstances we're not *much* worse off than western Europe anyway, they too have queues and negligence in national healthcare, expensive housing, the usual. If anyone wants something better they have to pay, and how much one can pay is eventually up to their income regardless of the country they live in.


_ And with NATO having control of most eastern europeans it would be difficult for the people to create a revolution for a better government._

I think you misunderstand the function of NATO. They do not tell us who to vote for nor are they the personal police of our government. If things were really bad, such as presidents and ministers building mansions with golden toilets, then we would do something about it. Our government is only moderately incompetent.

#17
Optimistic - 19 Apr 2014 // 11:27:17

To Captain America, make yourself useful ask your country to frack more gas and send it to Ukraine, as you so want liberty and seperation from Russia this is how your country would help.

The US wont do it because the Ukraine wont pay you.

I guess you guys are tired afted liberating Iraq, Afganistan and Libya.

I notice that the EU government leaders have gone quiet on the Ukraine after they sent in the tanks to Eastern Ukraine using American techniques on providing liberty.

#16
Vladimir K. - 19 Apr 2014 // 10:40:49

I know about the language requierement, but as an adult speaking a foreign language perfectly well is really difficult, not to mention expensive, or is it free?

My sources are not Russian news channel RT and Ria Novosti, but personal friends of mine and family, whom suffered while growing up stateless during the 90s. And were even rejected basic education according to them.

And yes, I do know life is not easy for the baltic people themselves, but neither in Bulgaria or Russia. It's just one of the daily things we have to go trough with. And with NATO having control of most eastern europeans it would be difficult for the people to create a revolution for a better government.

#15
,, - 19 Apr 2014 // 10:12:37

_But however, these people should atleast have some hope, or a way, that they can get citizenship and not be treated like a third class citizen not able to work, recieve healthcare, or study. And not having to resort to crime. - _

They can apply for Estonian citizenship. Assuming they pass the language requirement.

In every aspect you mentioned they're no worse off than the citizens of Estonia/Latvia themselves. Only thing they can not do is vote in national elections, which is perfectly reasonable.

Or you could give me the source on which your opinions are based on. Hint: if it's some Russian news channel, they're lying.

#14
Vladimir K. - 19 Apr 2014 // 07:11:51

Captain America,

Shut up you idiot, I'm speaking about a completely different thing, which is human rights. Typical american thinking...

#13
Captain America - 19 Apr 2014 // 06:45:44

The Free World versus a vassal system. I choose Liberty. Is there even a word for that in Russian?

#12
Vladimir K. - 19 Apr 2014 // 06:36:09

Even though I'm angry with the situation, I do agree with you. But however, these people should atleast have some hope, or a way, that they can get citizenship and not be treated like a third class citizen not able to work, recieve healthcare, or study. And not having to resort to crime.

Why do I care? Well, I know so many of these people and I heard a lot of stories about how they had to grow up in these difficult lives.

Even if they might have been immigrants from the Soviet, they still lived there during the rule, and if the country changes government, no more Soviet? These people shouldn't just be treated differently than baltic people.

#11
,, - 18 Apr 2014 // 21:12:30

_ Vladimir K. - 18 Apr 2014 // 10:10:05 they have no way of leaving the country_

Those without a citizenship can move without a visa between Estonia and Russia, also within all of EU. Those living near border areas will definitely not apply for Estonian citizenship because Russia would then charge them for a visa.

They are without citizenship because Russia did not give them their own citizenship in 1992 and nor should we've had to give them ours because they were immigrants from soviet era. Russian minorities and their descendants living in Latvia/Estonia on and before 1939 received citizenship automatically.

I hope that clears things up. hrrhrhrhrh.

#10

what - they cannot get a passport to go back to Russia?