WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "It is just not possible for Europe to use force in the Middle East," Ilves stated during a Foreign Policy Initiative conference.
The lack of policy toward military intervention in the Middle East means "Europe is on the sidelines," Ilves explained.
"Who else is going to do it? Basically it’s the United States or Russia," he said.
Estonia and other European partners are currently contributing financially to the fight in Syria and Iraq to counter the Islamic State. Only a handful of European nations, including the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and the Netherlands have committed to offensive strikes against Islamic State targets.