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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

These two countries are considering closing the Baltic Sea to the Russian Navy

Estonia and Finland are considering closing the Baltic Sea to the Russian Navy. photo / illustration

Helsinki , Estonia And Finland have discussed the integration of coastal missile batteries which will allow both the member countries nato this is to block the navy Russia in the Gulf of Finland. This was stated by the Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur.

According to Pevkur, this would turn the Baltic Sea into a NATO “internal sea”, confirming earlier comments by Polish and Lithuanian leaders.

“We need to integrate our coastal defences. The flight range of Estonian and Finnish missiles exceeds the width of the Gulf of Finland,” Pevkur told the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. Russia TodaySaturday (13/8/2022).

Finland’s MTO85M coastal missile has a range of more than 100 km. The gulf is approximately 82 kilometers from Helsinki to Tallinn. Estonia is planning to buy the Israeli Blue Spear missile later this year, which has a range of about 300 km.

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“The Baltic Sea will become NATO’s internal sea when Finland and Sweden join NATO. Compared to now, the situation is changing,” Pevkur said, adding that both countries can close the sea to the Russian Navy if necessary .

Finland and Sweden’s application to NATO was greeted with the greatest enthusiasm by Poland and other former Soviet republics in the Baltic Sea. After a coalition summit in Spain in late June, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkewicz both said they expected the Baltic to become a “NATO Sea”.

Pevkur said he also discussed the airspace with his Finnish counterpart, although he avoided questioning whether the United States would deploy F-35 fighter jets to Estonia.

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“For me, it’s an airfield,” Pevkur said.

“If Estonian airspace is not protected at the same time, and vice versa Finnish airspace cannot be protected. Fighters crossed the 80-kilometer-wide Gulf of Finland in a matter of minutes.”

Estonia has been one of the most vocal NATO members in pushing for a confrontation with Russia. On Thursday, Tallinn announced it would ban entry of Russian citizens on EU Schengen visas from next week, and destroy all Soviet-era monuments “as soon as possible”.

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