According to Kai Kallas, the atrocities in Bucha showed the ineffectiveness of the Alliance’s defense plans for the Baltic countries. The concept of “give and release” involves the deployment of only a thousand NATO soldiers in the Baltic countries.
The day before, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that with the current NATO plans to defend against a Russian attack, the country will disappear from the political map, and the historical center of Tallinn will be destroyed to the ground. According to Kallas, existing NATO defense plans for the defense of the three Baltic countries suggest that this territory can be captured and subsequently liberated within 180 days. About it informs FT.
The Estonian prime minister recalled that more days have passed since the start of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“If we compare the scale of Ukraine and the Baltic countries, we can conclude that our countries and our cultures can be completely destroyed,” Kallas noted. “Those of you who have visited Tallinn and know our old city with its centuries-old history and culture — all this will be wiped off the map, including our people, our nation.”
Such a statement was made on the eve of the NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid next Tuesday, at which the security issues of the Baltic countries and plans for the defense of the eastern flank will be discussed.
What is NATO’s plan for protecting the Baltic states?
The NATO plan to defend Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia suggests that up to a thousand or so NATO soldiers could be deployed in each of the countries, performing a deterrent function comparable to a mine trip. However, according to the Estonian prime minister, the atrocities of Russian soldiers in Bucha occurred within 80 days of the start of the invasion – and therefore the concept of “give and release”, as Kallas noted, is not very effective.
The Prime Minister said that in a conversation with foreign troops stationed in Estonia (most of them British), she was told that under the current plans of NATO, they would simply be destroyed during a potential Russian invasion.
Recall that at the military exercises of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation before the NATO summit, rocket attacks on Estonia. The Estonian authorities accused the Kremlin leadership of violating the airspace.
Previously Focus reported that in the Russian Federation they threatened serious consequences for the population of Lithuania in response to the blockade of Kaliningrad. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev promised that the Kremlin is preparing retaliatory measures after the ban on 50% of Russian imports and exports through Lithuania.