We are used to billions of dollars in military aid from countries like the US, Germany and Great Britain, but aid from smaller countries that are themselves threatened by Russian aggression is even more impressive. Like, for example, the new aid package from Estonia for 113 million euros, which is reported by Militarnyi.
The fact is that in peacetime, the entire army of Estonia consists of only 7,200 people. The country has no tanks at all. None. At the same time, since the beginning of the hot phase of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Estonia has provided military aid to Ukraine in the amount of 370 million euros, which is more than 1% of the country’s GDP. We will remind you that NATO requires its members to have a military budget of more than 2% of GDP, that is, Estonia gave half of its military budget to Ukraine.
Earlier Estonia already provided Ukraine with Javelin ATGM, Soviet D-30 howitzers, anti-tank mines, recoilless anti-tank guns, automatic weapons, ammunition, disposable grenade launchers, hand grenades and other equipment.
“Estonians know from their painful history what happens when evil triumphs and a large country swallows up smaller ones. If Ukraine fell, freedom would also be in danger in other parts of the world. By helping Ukraine to defend its independence, we are defending the right to freedom and democracy of all countries, including Estonia,” said Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
Thank you, Ms. Kaja! Thank you, Estonia!