The First ships of the standing group of the naval forces of NATO (SNMG1) will arrive in Tallinn on 12 may, BNS reported, citing a statement from the Ministry of defence of Estonia. In a group of two ships — the Spanish frigate Alvaro de Bazan and the British frigate Iron Duke, which will stay in the Estonian capital until may 15.
Before entering the port of Tallinn, the Alliance ships will visit mine countermeasures exercise, Navy Estonia, the report said.
May 2 in Estonia began military exercises “Spring storm”. In them will take part about 6 thousand military personnel from a number of countries-members of NATO, in particular from Belgium, great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, USA, Finland and Sweden. The exercises will last until may 19.
The activity of NATO in the Baltic sea have been a recurring concern of the Russian authorities. As stated, in particular, the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich, the accumulation of troops of NATO in the Baltic sea “does not guarantee the security of the Baltic countries” and “only creates additional risks”.
In early April, in neutral waters in the Baltic sea Russian su-24 flew “dangerously close” from the American destroyer “Donald cook”. According to the Pentagon, this is not the first such case. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry called the incident “reckless” and “provocative” behavior. The defense Ministry said that the crews of su-24 were performed over the Baltic sea routine training flights in full compliance with international standards.
After the incident, NATO initiated the first 2014 meeting of the Council Russia — NATO (SRN). According to its results, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the parties have “deep contradictions” and the talks were unable to change.