NATO to Spend Additional $70Mln on Military Construction in Estonia

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NATO plans to disburse over $70 million to fund the constructions of additional housing, hangars and training grounds in Estonia, local media said Monday.

TALLINN (Sputnik) — NATO leaders agreed at the Warsaw summit last week to station four multinational battalions in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland as part of its plan to enhance military presence in Eastern Europe.

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Francois Hollande and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan react as they observe a fly past during the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016. - Sputnik International
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According to Estonia’s Eesti Paevaleht newspaper, the Estonian government earlier decided to spend 60 million euro ($66 million) on the construction of barracks for allied troops, hangars for storing military hardware, and training grounds in Tapa.

The newspaper added that the announcement of a significant buildup in Estonia showed these funds were insufficient and additional 64 million euro would therefore be disbursed from NATO budget over the next five years.

The four battalions will comprise between 800 and 1,200 troops each. The United Kingdom will be the main contributor of NATO troops to Estonia.

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