The Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) are discussing with NATO allies an increase in the Alliance’s military presence on their territories to deter Russia, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told Reuters on Wednesday.

“Of course, we are discussing with our allies to increase their presence here as an act of deterrence (…) If you look at the map, the Baltic states are a NATO peninsula and therefore we have our concerns,” the Estonian government chief said.

Russia, which has massacred about 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, has called on NATO and the United States to end military operations in Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc states in a series of security architecture proposals. on which Moscow has begun talks with the United States and NATO.

Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday after the NATO-Russia Council meeting that a strengthening of NATO’s military presence in the eastern flank states would be seriously considered if Russia invaded Ukraine.

A NATO diplomat told Reuters that the issue of additional military deployment in the Baltic states could be discussed by defense ministers in the Alliance states at their meeting scheduled for mid-February.

More than 1,000 NATO troops are deployed in each of the three Baltic states and in Poland, through a rotating system established after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

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