The Estonian government is considering unilaterally leaving the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON).
The squadron was inaugurated in 1998 and its main responsibility is to improve the co-operation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the areas of naval defense and security. It also assures constant readiness to contribute units to NATO-led operations.
Each Baltic state has appointed one or two ships to BALTRON for a certain period and staff members for one year.
Estonian government representative told to ETV that BALTRON has been a successful project, but Estonia is unable to commit resources in the current form, because its Defense Forces are investing into a permanent minesweeping unit instead.
In particular, the main responsibility of BALTRON has been to conduct mine countermeasures operations and training in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian waters.
Editor: S. Tambur