Estonia concerned about France’s Mistral deal with Russia

Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The meeting focussed on the issues of security and options for making presence of NATO allied forces more permanent in the Baltic States.

The Estonian head of Government said that reactions from the European Union and NATO allies to events in Ukraine were very timely. He thanked the president of France for his country’s contribution to the Baltic Air Policing Mission.

Roivas said that expectations for the NATO Summit in September were high, and Estonians’ aim was to receive more permanent support from its allies, including the French. “Our desire is to see a more visible and permanent presence of allies in our region,” he said.

According to Roivas, in the changed security situation, Estonians are concerned over France’s plan to sell two Mistral class descent vessels to Russia. He added that the transaction will have a clear impact on the European security situation.

Roivas and Hollande also talked about the joint EU mission to Central African Republic, about the upcoming European Council meeting and about sanctions against Russia.

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