US to pay $5mn for Estonia’s new radar on Russian border

By | October 7, 2017

Washington plans to pour in $5 million into a radar facility to be erected at the Narva River, separating Estonia from Russia, Estonia’s Interior Ministry said. The new complex is set to significantly expand surveillance in the border area.

The project costs will include the design and construction of radars, access roads and security systems in the easternmost point of Estonia, the town of Narva, sitting just across the river from the Russian city of Ivangorod.

Once completed, the facility will allow for “the immediate detection of activities near the border as well as processing of all incidents occurring at the border in real time,” Estonia Interior Minister Andres Anvelt said in a statement Friday.

The US-funded radar is part of a $82 million project to bolster Estonia’s border with Russia, which includes outfitting it with technical surveillance along its entire length.

The radar, Anvelt said, is crucial for Estonia’s NATO allies as well.

“The building of the Eastern border is important for the whole of the European Union and NATO, besides Estonia, which is why it needs to be done thoroughly and in such a way as to last several generations of people,” he said, adding that he welcomes the contribution from “good partners from outside.”          

The construction of a surveillance station in the immediate proximity to Russia falls in line with NATO’s continuing military build-up on Russia’s doorstep, that has exacerbated since the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014. Estonia together with other Baltic States and Poland have repeatedly called for stronger NATO military presence to counter what it calls “Russian aggression.”

Recently, four multinational battle groups consisting of some 4,500 NATO troops were deployed to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as part of Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) to demonstrate “the strength of the trans-Atlantic bond.”

The project costs will include the design and construction of radars, access roads and security systems in the easternmost point of Estonia, the town of Narva, sitting just across the river from the Russian city of Ivangorod.

Once completed, the facility will allow for “the immediate detection of activities near the border as well as processing of all incidents occurring at the border in real time,” Estonia Interior Minister Andres Anvelt said in a statement Friday.

The US-funded radar is part of a $82 million project to bolster Estonia’s border with Russia, which includes outfitting it with technical surveillance along its entire length.

The radar, Anvelt said, is crucial for Estonia’s NATO allies as well.

“The building of the Eastern border is important for the whole of the European Union and NATO, besides Estonia, which is why it needs to be done thoroughly and in such a way as to last several generations of people,” he said, adding that he welcomes the contribution from “good partners from outside.”

The construction of a surveillance station in the immediate proximity to Russia falls in line with NATO’s continuing military build-up on Russia’s doorstep, that has exacerbated since the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014. Estonia together with other Baltic States and Poland have repeatedly called for stronger NATO military presence to counter what it calls “Russian aggression.”

Recently, four multinational battle groups consisting of some 4,500 NATO troops were deployed to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as part of Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) to demonstrate “the strength of the trans-Atlantic bond.”

Source:RT

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