Estonians feel abandoned by Nato


Nato plans to withdraw in the autumn half of the planes it has patrolling the Baltic region, according to media reports from last week

The Estonian government has reportedly known about the plans since May.

The tabloid Õhtuleht is annoyed that the public wasn’t informed:

The problem is that society has become convinced that the allies will protect us against a potential aggressor. The withdrawal of a few Nato aircraft therefore makes people feel we are being left in the lurch. State propaganda has made us dependent on Nato. But this is highly dangerous in a situation where war is a real threat because Estonia’s fate depends first and foremost on the Estonians. On our own military capacities.

Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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