$50 million will be allocated for the first time – for the development of air defense, according to the Ministry of defense of Estonia.
TALLINN – The United States will send $175 million to develop military cooperation with the Baltic States, the Estonian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
According to him, Washington will allocate a total of $175 million from the defense budget for the military needs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, of which $50 million will be allocated for the first time for the development of air defense in the Baltic States.
“With this bill, our ally clearly confirms its commitment to collective defense on the Eastern flank of Europe,” the press service quoted Estonian defense Minister Juri Luik as saying.
“The transition from airspace control to air defense requires a unanimous decision by all allies, but the US position and its practical support carry great weight,” Luik said. “We highly appreciate the US support for the development of defense in our region.”
Control over the airspace of the Baltic States, which do not have their technical means for this, is carried out by their NATO allies. Since 2004, changing every four months, the four fighters are based at the Lithuanian air base Zokniai. Since April 2014, another part of the mission (four more fighters) has been stationed in Estonia, at the Amari airbase.