150 Danish soldiers to be stationed in Estonia to ward off Russian advances – The Post

150 Danish soldiers to be stationed in Estonia to ward off Russian advances

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg confirms a number of options are being reviewed

The defence minister, Peter Christensen, stressed that the security of Denmark’s eastern allies was essential (photo: iStock)
May 19th, 2016 8:58 am| by Shifa Rahaman
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Some 150 Danish soldiers will join a British-led coalition of over 6,000 NATO forces in Estonia to halt Russia’s advances in the region, Politiken reports.

They will help to deter Russia from continuing its aggressive security policies in the region – the same policies that have recently led to the war in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea peninsula.

Secure Denmark’s eastern allies
Several foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today, where Russia will feature heavily on the agenda.

“It is true there are options on the table that our military advisers have suggested,” said NATO security general Jens Stoltenberg.

“I can confirm we are discussing the possibility of stationing battalions in a number of eastern European countries.”

The defence minister, Peter Christensen, underlined that the security of Denmark’s eastern allies was important.

“I predict that Denmark will contribute to the NATO initiative. However, what Denmark will contribute is not yet clear,” he wrote.