UK’s Theresa May promises military support if Estonia is invaded

Typhoon aircraft arrival at the Amari Air Base in Estonia as the prepare to start a period of Baltic Air Policing. Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has promised to come to Estonia’s aid in case it was invaded by Russia.

“Article 5 of NATO says that we do go to the support of any NATO country that has military action against it,” May told Sky News. “Sometimes people think there is going to be a change in the American approach to NATO. From the conversations I’ve had, I think America remains fully committed to NATO, as we do.

May also said British troops would also take part in military exercises in Estonia designed to highlight the “seriousness with which NATO considers its responsibilities”.

“We’re already taking some steps to show the seriousness with which NATO considers its responsibilities. There will be UK troops on exercise in Estonia this year,” she added.

The US president-elect, Donald Trump, has said he wouldn’t automatically rush to NATO allies’ aid. During the campaign, he pointed out that if Russia attacked Estonia, he would decide whether to come to its aid only after reviewing whether the country has “fulfilled their obligations to us”, without specifying which obligations he had in mind.

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Cover: Typhoon aircraft arrival at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia as the prepare to start a period of Baltic Air Policing. Photo: UK Ministry of Defence.

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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.