Disinfo: Estonia has opened a new military base in the town of Tapa under the pretext of fear of a Russian attack.

Summary

In the Estonian military town of Tapa, a new military base was opened for NATO Defence Force soldiers and its construction cost 43 million euros. They want to deploy more military equipment near the Russian border. It was decided at the Warsaw summit in the summer of 2016, “allegedly in connection with the threat of Russia attack.” Moscow stresses that “it does not intend to ever attack any NATO member.” According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO knows very well that there is no attack threat from Russia, but NATO uses the situation to deploy “more technicians and soldiers near the Russian border”.

Disproof

This is not about the construction of a new military base for NATO purposes but an existing base that has now become the backbone for a battalion battle group consisting of British, Danish, French and Estonian soldiers. In direct response to Russia's use of military force against its neighbours, NATO has deployed four multinational battlegroups to the Baltic States and Poland. These forces are rotational, defensive and proportionate. They cannot compare to the three divisions Russia has established in its Western Military and Southern Military Districts. Before Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, there were no plans to deploy Allied troops to the eastern part of the Alliance. The aim of NATO is to prevent conflict, protect its Allies, and preserve the peace. www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl205, A number of Russian politicians, such as former deputy foreign minister Alexander Avdeyev, declare the independence of the Baltic republics to be illegal (and therefore them to still be integral parts of Russia) and Vladimir Zhirinovsky (leader of the The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) said that there are no Baltic countries. Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik summed it up in an interview with ERR News: "Russia's attempts to vilify NATO are nothing new, but they are not based on facts. In fact, Russia is behaving aggressively, as anyone can see at the example of Georgia and Ukraine, NATO's presence in our region is extremely modest compared to the forces on the other side of the border, but has a positive influence, as it is the best guarantee of peace. " www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R4iYRiT14I, www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40554104, www.baltictimes.com/nato_battalion_battle_group_raises_flags_at_tapa/, news.err.ee/607256/defense-minister-estonia-and-nato-closely-following-russian-zapad-exercise, www.diplomaatia.ee/en/article/russian-armed-forces-in-the-baltic-sea-region/, www2.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/assets/docs/demokratizatsiya%20archive/11-2_Mihkelson.PDF,

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  • Reported in: Issue 86
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/10/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Estonia, Baltic states, Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, NATO, Baltic states
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