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NATO Troop Boost Too Small to Stoke Russian Fears, Estonia Says

  • Intelligence head says allied brigades won't worsen standoff
  • Official says `migration weapon' is a reality in Baltic nation

Planned increases in NATO troops in the Baltic region are too small to worsen the alliance’s confrontation with Russia, the head of Estonia’s foreign intelligence service said.

A Russian military operation against Estonia is “very unlikely” because the Baltic country’s former Soviet master would face “a massive counter-strike” by NATO, Mikk Marran, director general of Estonia’s Information Board, said in an interview. While a Russian attack stemming from “miscalculation and distorted threat perceptions” can’t be ruled out, allied troop increases won’t raise such risks, he said.