17:02 Apr. 30, 2016
Baltic countries consider Russia a potential threat over its actions in Ukraine
The Estonian Security Police report about possible operations of Russian secret services in Estonia. According to the Norwegian web portal AldriMer, the Estonian police are concerned over the presence of spy drones on the country's territory, allegedly operated by Russians.
'Over the past days the drones were noticed near Ämari air base and a military base in the south-eastern part of the country,' the Security Police said in their report to NATO on Trident Jaguar military drills conducted on April 20-27.
According to the report, Estonia's former Defence Minister Sven Mikser gave the order to shoot down all the drones noticed near Estonian air bases.
This document refers to the incident that previously occurred near Ämari air base. At that time, 55 shots were made to down a drone flying near the base. However, the military staff failed to shoot it down.
The author of the article appearing in the Norwegian media is Norwegian journalist Kjetil Stormark. He says that if the assumptions as to drones are proven true, it will mean that Russian secret services are operating actively on Estonian territory.
News comes as NATO is preparing to delpoy four battalions in Poland and the Baltic countries to reinforce its eastern wing and support allies who are concerned about Russia's aggression.