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Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Estonia must push for Nato troops

US President Barack Obama will visit Estonia on Wednesday. According to the White House this is intended as a sign of the president's support for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the face of the Ukraine crisis. Promises of military assistance must be made during this visit and at the Nato summit which begins on Thursday, the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht demands: "One question is how many units are to be stationed in Eastern Europe, and in what form. The agreement in the Nato-Russia Founding Act of 1997 [ruling out the 'permanent stationing of substantial combat forces'] to which Germany wants to adhere does not exclude the expansion of Nato activities in Eastern Europe, but could act as a mental barrier. Therefore during Obama's visit and at the Nato summit in Cardiff Estonia must push for the annulment of the treaty. There is a clear reason for this: the security situation in Europe is no longer what it was in 1997."

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