MEP believes NATO should deploy patriot air defense systems in the Baltic States
Latvian MEP and former Defense and Foreign Minister Atis Pabriks (Unity) believes NATO should place Patriot air defense systems in the Baltic States to defend the air space. Comparing the present NATO troops deployed in the Baltic region with the Russian troops placed by the Baltic border, the only thing the Baltics can do is to delay the potential occupation scenario, Pabriks said.
“It is clear that the three NATO battalions deployed in the three Baltic States and the Baltic armies may not combat the Russian army. The present NATO forces work well as the deterrence, but there is still asymmetry of troops,” the minister said.
He underscored that Russia has deployed its Iskander missiles against the Baltic States. “I think that the Patriot would be the right weapon to defend the Baltic air space,” said Pabriks.
Pabriks also believes that the Russian and Belarus military exercise Zapad this fall will demonstrate their force and will serve as a practical exercise for hypothetical crisis scenarios.