France to send troops, tanks and combat vehicles to Estonia

France is to send five Leclerc tanks, 12 infantry combat vehicles and 300 troops to Estonia next year.

The deployment was confirmed by the French defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to his Estonian counterpart, Hannes Hanso, at a meeting of the security forum in Halifax, Canada.

“We recognise that we have to invest in the defence of Europe by increasing the military presence of NATO in the Baltic Sea region and especially in the NATO-member frontier countries,” Hanso said, according to a statement by the Estonian ministry of defence.

He also said Estonia and France had a significant bilateral cooperation in cyberspace as both countries had “significant capabilities” in the field and the challenges both countries faced were similar. The two ministers signed a bilateral cyber cooperation agreement in May 2016.

The French armoured unit is to serve in Tapa under the command of the British NATO battalion.

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Cover: A French Leclerc tank.

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About the author: Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor of Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain and the UK, he now resides in the United States. He loves to write and besides contributing to Estonian World and some occasional blogging, he writes for other media outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.

  • bremont

    Prince Charles’s Putin-Hitler comparison is outrageous, says Russia: Nato the new warmonger: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
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  • bremont

    stalingrad with hitler’s army now called NATO, and history repeats itself. on the upside down world. the crazy media and the collapsing system.