Estonia ready to build facilities for US troops, says defence minister
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Estonia's Defence Minister Sven Mikser said at the Festival of Opinion Culture, the Arvamusfestival, in Paide over the weekend that Estonia was ready to invest in military infrastructure if NATO decided to station more troops in the country.
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roiv and Minister of Defence Sven Mikser
The Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian presidents are scheduled to meet with the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in Estonia's capital Tallinn on 3 September, the Office of the President of Lithuania said on Friday.
On Wednesday, a combined exercise concluded in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea. The training event was attended by vessels from the Lithuanian Navy and Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), said the Ministry of National Defence.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.