Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are negotiating with NATO allies to increase the military presence on their territories to deter Russia.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told Reuters in a commentary.

“Of course, we are discussing with our allies about increasing their presence here as a deterrent,” she said.

A NATO diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the deployment of additional forces in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia could be discussed by NATO defense ministers at a planned meeting in mid-February.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference on 12 January that NATO would consider increasing its presence in the east of the alliance in case of new Russian aggression against Ukraine.