Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves calls for ‘physical presence on the ground’ in region as deterrence against Russia

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By Mick Krever, CNN

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called for a “physical presence on the ground” in the region as a deterrence against Russia.

Estonia, a former Soviet republic that shares a border with Russia, is now a member of NATO. Its leadership has been outspoken expressing concern about Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.

“We need more exercises,” President Ilves said. “We think that the decision to increase the number of planes providing air policing in the region is a very good one.”

“But given the uncertainty that we see to the east and the kinds of actions that we’ve seen in the east, we need to make sure that others understand that this is not something to play around with.”

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Amanpour asked President Ilves what he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “goal” was.

“We are in new territory…

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