Prime Minister of Estonia: The war with Russia will be long-term

In a statement, the Prime Minister of Estonia stated that we must accept the reality of a long-term war with Russia, adding: NATO members must increase military spending.

According to Newsweek, in an interview with this American publication, Kaja Kalas said that the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must meet and increase the needs beyond military spending that was ignored for more than a decade, with the new reality of long-term confrontation with face Russia.

Kalas’s statement comes at a time when the military expenses of Estonia and its neighbors have increased significantly following the start of the war in Ukraine. Kalas continued to emphasize: We are facing a new security reality and we all have to do our part.

The prime minister of this Baltic country as Russia’s neighbor has recently announced that he will spend 3% of his country’s GDP on the military.

His new coalition government has also asked NATO allies to commit to spending 2.5 percent of GDP on military spending at a July meeting of NATO members in Lithuania. But considering that most NATO countries have not yet been able to achieve the 2% GDP target approved in 2014, it seems that Estonia and other Baltic countries are facing a tough challenge.

According to reports, so far only eight countries of this military alliance, including the United States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, Poland, Great Britain and Finland, have reached the target threshold as new members out of 31 members.

The Estonian Prime Minister’s words come as he along with other Baltic countries achieved a historic victory at the annual NATO summit in Madrid last year after abandoning the Trip Wire strategy. Based on this strategy, NATO member countries were obliged to attack the attacking country in case of an attack on one of the countries of this military alliance.

Callas said before the July 2022 summit in Madrid, Spain that his country will disappear from the map if this strategy continues.

Abandoning this strategy, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also announced that the members of this military alliance decided to adopt a stronger deterrence position to defend every part of NATO’s territory.


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