UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The French army will be deployed to the border with Russia in the spring of 2021, according to French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly.
France will deploy its forces in Estonia, on the border with Russia , from March 2021, said French Armies Minister Florence Parly on Thursday February 13.
“Today in Brussels, I announced the next deployments of French forces within the” enhanced advanced presence “system [ of NATO , note]. The French army will notably be deployed within the framework of NATO for a year in Estonia with the British forces as of March 2021, “said Parly on Twitter.
L'armée française sera notamment déployée dans le cadre de l'OTAN pendant un an en Estonie avec les forces britanniques dès mars 2021. 2/3 pic.twitter.com/VdkWxWZgWE
— Florence Parly (@florence_parly) February 13, 2020
According to the minister, it will be “the longest French deployment within the framework of the reinforced advanced presence”.
Ms Parly takes part, on 12 and 13 February in Brussels, in a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers devoted to Alliance operations and missions, cooperation with the EU and the posture of deterrence and defense of the Alliance, announced the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
NATO on the Russian border
At the Warsaw summit in 2016, NATO decided to deploy multinational battalions based on rotation in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland at the request of these countries.
Nearly 1,200 NATO soldiers were deployed to the town of Tapa, 77 km from Tallinn and 140 km from the Russian border, in April 2017. The international battalion of the Alliance is led by the British contingent. It also includes French, Danish and Belgian soldiers.
NATO continues to advance towards the borders of Russia, thus violating the promise made to the Kremlin in 1990 not to widen in the East. Moscow calls this expansion provocative and says that it is dangerous to destabilize the balance of power on the European continent.
Vladimir Putin, for his part, assured that the Russian state was not planning to engage in hostilities, but that it would defend its interests in a civilized manner. According to the Russian President, it is the expansion of NATO and the deployment of the American anti-missile shield (ABM) in Europe which represents a threat to the security of Russia and its citizens.
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