Russian tanks were intended for invasion of NATO countries, Estonian FM says

2 March, 11:44 PM
Urmas Reinsalu (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Urmas Reinsalu (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Russia was preparing an invasion of NATO countries, including the Baltic states, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in an interview with Voice of America on March 2.

“We are aware of the fact that the Russian tanks, which are currently burning in Ukraine, were intended for a large-scale invasion of NATO countries, including Estonia,” he said.

“At the same time, we are actively purchasing new weapons and have increased our defense budget from 2 to 3% (of GDP).”

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Reinsalu noted that his country maintains its security forces at a high level of readiness, to counteract possible unpredictable actions from the Russian side.

On Dec. 22, Polish Foreign Ministry said that Poland, Moldova, and the Baltic countries were on the "Kremlin’s target list," but there would be no new Russian invasions in near future.

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