U.S. Might Deploy Patriot Missiles in Estonia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence informed Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas that the Trump administration is considering deploying Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Estonia. Pence arrived in Estonia on 30 July and took part in a two-day discussion with the leaders of the Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

During the visit, in which they also discussed the upcoming Russian maneuvers near the Estonian border, Pence once again reassured the Baltic states that Washington firmly backs Article 5 of the Washington Treaty - NATO's doctrine of collective defense. Although Trump's entry to the White House has been often described as an opportunity to warm up ties between the USA and Russia, recent developments suggest the opposite. Pence's remarks come amid growing tensions after Russia ordered a cut in U.S. diplomatic staff numbers, Moscow announced that 755 staff must leave the country and did not rule out another move against Washington in the future. The action is being rendered as retaliation over new sanctions imposed by the USA last week. The tension also remains in air spaces, as NATO's fighter jets were sent to intercept three Russian planes flying near Estonian territory at the beginning of this week.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

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