US House Speaker Paul Ryan to visit Estonia amid Russia tensions

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, is to visit Estonia on 22 April, leading a bipartisan delegation to key NATO allies amid the tensions with Russia.

Ryan and the delegation will visit the UK, Norway, Poland and Estonia to “meet with government officials and military leaders to review and discuss evolving security threats facing Europe as well as opportunities for greater economic cooperation”, the office of the Speaker said in a statement.

The visit happens at the time when US tensions with Russia are high after the US strike against Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, a key Russian ally, perpetrated against his own people.

According to the Washington Post, Estonian leaders have been particularly concerned about Russian aggression at their front door, including reports of airspace incursions and naval exercises conducted by the Russian military, and Trump’s conciliatory campaign stance toward Russia have only aggravated those concerns.

The delegation, led by Ryan, will include representatives Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) of the Financial Services Committee and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) of the Armed Services Committee, as well as representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Martha Roby (R-AL), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Brian Mast (R-FL).

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Cover: Paul Ryan (Reuters).

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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.

  • Valerie Volk Sober

    What are these Right Wing Nuts up to in Estonia? Are they going to be measuring for the drapes on Putin’s behalf?