Estonia Ready to Build Facilities for US Troops, Says Defense Minister ({{commentsTotal}})

Defense Minister Sven Mikser said at the Festival of Opinion Culture, the Arvamusfestival, in Paide over the weekend that Estonia is ready to invest in military infrastructure if NATO would station more troops in the country.

“The government's stance is that if the allies say what type of training facilities and infrastructure is needed to train with Estonian troops, then we will build them,” Mikser said.

He said the crisis in Ukraine has proved advance warning systems to be unreliable and troops stationed in the Baltics would play a critical role.

Additional troops should give the nations more anti-air capabilities and set up a headquarters to direct reinforcements if the need arises.

Mikser said that Russia's actions do not merit an alarmist response, and NATO is far more powerful than Russia and invests more into defense development.