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Russia: Estonia/NATO Air Base Plan a 'Provocation'

  • Reuters

FILE - U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 fighters are seen parked on tarmac in Amari air base, in Estonia, March 26, 2015.

FILE - U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 fighters are seen parked on tarmac in Amari air base, in Estonia, March 26, 2015.

The Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday called plans by Estonia to expand its Amari air base to make more room for NATO aircraft a provocation.

The ministry said it was reacting to a statement from the Estonian air force that it intended to expand Amari, where NATO bases some of its planes that patrol the Baltic to ensure Russian military planes steer clear of the area.

"In the light of constant speculation about the need for the military alliance (NATO) and in particular the United States to deploy extra military forces on its 'eastern flank' we view these preparations as an openly provocative step aimed at destabilizing the situation," the ministry said in a statement.

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