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Attempts to strengthen the security of the French military base in Mali at the expense of Estonian soldiers

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After the militants attacked several objects in the immediate vicinity of the border of the states of Niger and Mali, security measures were strengthened on the Malian territory at a military base, whose servicemen are participating in Operation Barkhan.


On the eve it was reported that at least 137 people became victims of a terrorist attack in Niger.

Today it becomes known that the French military command has decided to strengthen security measures at the Gao facility in Mali. Additional patrols have been organized to guard the French military base.

The reports say that the Estonian military contingent is involved in patrolling to enhance security. Estonian soldiers are also directed at several machine-gun points, from which they must open fire in cases where "there is a direct threat to the object in Gao."


Additional fortified posts have been built, from which the area is monitored. They are trying to strengthen the security of the French base at the expense of Estonian soldiers.

Patrolling the territory by Estonian military personnel in army vehicles:



The very mission of the Estonian military personnel in Mali raises many questions from the citizens of the country. The fact is that at one time in the Baltic republics (as part of the USSR) a wave of criticism arose against Moscow, which called on soldiers from the Baltic states and "sent them to foreign countries to carry out military tasks." Before joining NATO, the authorities of the Baltic states also tried to criticize this practice. However, now NATO partners are sending Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian servicemen for military operations thousands of kilometers from their own borders - to Afghanistan, Iraq, the same Africa. Yes, these are not "conscripts", but contract soldiers, but Estonian citizens are increasingly asking the question: what is Estonia doing in Mali in general? The issue is "additionally actualized" due to the fact that the country's authorities are constantly talking about the threat posed by Russia. Where is the logic: the threat comes "from Russia", and servicemen of not the largest army in Europe are being sent to Africa and Afghanistan? .. The Estonian command is trying to explain this by "collective commitments within the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance."
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  1. svp67
    svp67 24 March 2021 14: 10
    +5
    What are NATO soldiers doing in an African country?
    1. Simon
      Simon 24 March 2021 14: 23
      +2
      So, NOTO is being protected from Russia there! request laughing
      1. svp67
        svp67 24 March 2021 14: 36
        +1
        Quote: Simon
        So, NOTO is being protected from Russia there!

        Rather, from China. In Mali, China's position is very strong, including the abundance of PMCs

        and under the auspices of the UN
    2. iouris
      iouris 24 March 2021 14: 31
      0
      This country is the "French world". Estonia too.
    3. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 24 March 2021 14: 33
      0
      Quote: svp67
      What are NATO soldiers doing in an African country?

      They carry "western democracy".
    4. Eldorado
      Eldorado 24 March 2021 14: 34
      +6
      What are they doing?
      Interesting fact: France has one of the largest reserves of gold in the world, but there are no mines for its production. Mali has one of the world's largest gold deposits, but there is no gold in the treasury. repeat
      1. iouris
        iouris 24 March 2021 23: 53
        -2
        Shoemaker without shoes. We also have a lot ... it could be. We are similar.
        Estonia probably wanted to increase its gold reserves.
        1. GTYCBJYTH2021
          GTYCBJYTH2021 25 March 2021 12: 32
          0
          Quote: iouris
          Shoemaker without shoes. We also have a lot ... it could be. We are similar.
          Estonia probably wanted to increase its gold reserves.

          good drinks hi
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 24 March 2021 14: 11
    +2
    Estonian soldiers brought with them their "secret weapon" - fighting Estonian snails wassat .
    1. tarabar
      tarabar 24 March 2021 14: 39
      +6
      "secret weapon" - fighting Estonian snails wassat

      At the same time, Estonian soldiers do not have time to follow them - the snails are constantly scattering laughing
    2. Cananecat
      Cananecat 24 March 2021 16: 01
      +1
      Notably mocked the Estonians ... forest brothers in the desert ... yeah)))
  3. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 24 March 2021 14: 13
    +6
    The Estonian command is trying to explain this by "collective commitments within the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance."

    You cannot send the French into the jungle for slaughter while the Balts are there.
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 24 March 2021 14: 24
      +1
      at the expense of Estonian soldiers.
      The French don't want to expose their heads to bullets!
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 24 March 2021 14: 35
        +2
        Quote: Uncle Lee
        The French don't want to expose their heads to bullets!

        Kaiser Wilhelm taught them, then immediately "hands up the hill", or others are sent instead of their loved ones.
      2. svp67
        svp67 24 March 2021 14: 37
        +3
        Quote: tihonmarine
        Can't send the French into the jungle for slaughter

        Quote: Uncle Lee
        The French don't want to expose their heads to bullets!

        They have a Foreign Legion for that.
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 24 March 2021 14: 52
          +3
          Quote: svp67
          They have a Foreign Legion for that.

          And the farmers.
      3. Aleks2048
        Aleks2048 24 March 2021 14: 40
        +3
        I'm afraid that there are no Frenchmen there, but there is a foreign legion whose employees may yet become citizens so that they are equal to Estonians.
    2. Eldorado
      Eldorado 24 March 2021 14: 35
      +2
      There is no jungle, but on the contrary, a desert. The desert on which the Tuaregs with Kalash skip.
    3. Flooding
      Flooding 24 March 2021 14: 35
      -1
      Quote: tihonmarine
      You cannot send the French into the jungle for slaughter while the Balts are there.

      and not only in the jungle
      Northern parts of Mali are mainly located in the Sahara Desert. To the south is the Sahelian Savannah. There are mountains in the northeast.
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 24 March 2021 15: 04
        0
        Quote: Flood
        Northern parts of Mali are mainly located in the Sahara Desert.

        Western Sahara was, Mauritania was, Mali ne was - scary.
  4. Pereira
    Pereira 24 March 2021 14: 13
    +4
    The right decision. The French must be protected. There are so few of them left. And chukhnu is not a pity.
    1. svp67
      svp67 24 March 2021 14: 38
      0
      Quote: Pereira
      The French must be protected.

      They have the French Foreign Legion for such occasions.
    2. iouris
      iouris 24 March 2021 23: 57
      -3
      Quote: Pereira
      And chukhnu is not sorry.

      I think that some residents of the Pskov region with Estonian passports will want to go on business in Mali.
    3. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 25 March 2021 09: 09
      0
      In terms of fertility, France is one of the leaders in Europe, the population is growing. Another question is what is the ethnic alignment among those born.
    4. Rita Aletdinova 1999
      Rita Aletdinova 1999 26 March 2021 00: 44
      +1
      Katz apov is also not a pity to the Russian leadership.
  5. Gennady Fomkin
    Gennady Fomkin 24 March 2021 14: 19
    +1
    laughing The very place for them is there. The "French" of Napoleon's time is gone. Write more than pity their bassoons. laughing
  6. Xlor
    Xlor 24 March 2021 14: 19
    +3
    So that's what NATO needs all sorts of Estonians and Romanians - to substitute your ass for the French and Americans ...
  7. Prisoner
    Prisoner 24 March 2021 14: 20
    +4
    Not top-notch Europeans to substitute for bullets. For this there is, not even the second, but the third grade.
  8. Ruslan Sulima
    Ruslan Sulima 24 March 2021 14: 21
    +7
    The fastest NATO soldiers, smiled)
    Their homeland is in danger, from day to day Putin will invade!
  9. Alien From
    Alien From 24 March 2021 14: 22
    +2
    One famous person in Hell is not fried for nothing.
  10. Growlers
    Growlers 24 March 2021 14: 34
    +4
    Poor Estonians, only a few served in Afghanistan during the Soviet era. Now entire divisions around the world will die for the interests of European business
  11. rocket757
    rocket757 24 March 2021 14: 34
    +3
    Attempts to strengthen the security of the French military base in Mali at the expense of Estonian soldiers
    no matter how all the military power of the Baltic Sea / B / ki did not lie down.
    Although, this is their business ...
    1. cniza
      cniza 24 March 2021 15: 09
      +5
      So the owner of their house will protect from "evil" Russia, because he knows for sure that Russia will not attack, and there the evil aborigines bite the owner ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 24 March 2021 15: 29
        +3
        So then, everyone goes crazy in their own way ... and when there are no brains, then there is no doubt.
        1. cniza
          cniza 24 March 2021 15: 38
          +4
          Until they start coming home in zinc ...
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 24 March 2021 15: 54
            +3
            But this will not be advertised ...
            1. cniza
              cniza 24 March 2021 15: 57
              +4
              Of course they won't, but Estonians and others will start to wonder ...
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 24 March 2021 15: 59
                +3
                And Estonians know how to think ... although this is their belated reaction, only.
                1. cniza
                  cniza 24 March 2021 16: 01
                  +4
                  Everyone wants to live, even with a delayed reaction, sooner or later they will think ...
  12. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 24 March 2021 14: 41
    0
    Two Estonian goners will provide safety for any chicken coop.
  13. Wolf
    Wolf 24 March 2021 14: 45
    +3
    What did they expect? Donkeys are not invited to the wedding to have fun, but to carry the load. This is just the beginning, as there will be a toughening of military action around the world, so it will be slaves on orders to demand more and more soldiers for slaughter. I understand the "politicians" of the slave state but I do not understand the soldiers? They will die, what would the new Hitlers make a profit? Rabbi did not learn anything from the Second World War, how many Italians, Rumuns, Frenchmen, Croats, Norwegians, Hungarians, etc. .... left bones on Russian soil so that Hitler would conquer Rusiu? NATO and their "democracy" have turned ice into brainless cattle, this is disgusting! If the soldiers there are so stupid, let them die like cattle, they deserve nothing more.
  14. VVK
    VVK 24 March 2021 14: 46
    +1
    This is a serious Estonian threat on the Malian border!
  15. cniza
    cniza 24 March 2021 15: 07
    +2
    However, now NATO partners are sending Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian military personnel for military operations thousands of kilometers from their own borders - to Afghanistan, Iraq, the same Africa.


    To protect the owner from the aborigines, but how they wanted ...
  16. Niko
    Niko 24 March 2021 15: 09
    -3
    Quote: Thrifty
    Estonian soldiers brought with them their "secret weapon" - fighting Estonian snails wassat .

    Yes, laughing is good. Probably also about laughing at the Finns in 1939.
    1. GTYCBJYTH2021
      GTYCBJYTH2021 25 March 2021 12: 45
      0
      Quote: Niko
      Quote: Thrifty
      Estonian soldiers brought with them their "secret weapon" - fighting Estonian snails wassat .

      Yes, laughing is good. Probably also about laughing at the Finns in 1939.

      That you rightly said about the war with the Finns - a lot, a lot of Russians got there ... More than a dozen thousand soldiers' souls were left there ... it froze ...
  17. Niko
    Niko 24 March 2021 15: 19
    -1
    I don’t think that by laughing at Estonians we raise the prestige of guys with Russian passports who are doing about the same all over the world and at every opportunity in various PMCs, "peacekeeping missions" hiring to guard ships under which flags, God knows, etc. P. EVEN IF someday they will become our enemies - RESPECT will not be superfluous.
    1. Sergey Kulikov_3
      Sergey Kulikov_3 24 March 2021 15: 47
      0
      Excuse me, but is it about PMCs? It seems that the official troops of Estonia are fighting on the side of NATO, and not some kind of PMCs. And when the NATO French are beaten, the NATO Estonians are pushed into hot spots.
      1. Niko
        Niko 24 March 2021 15: 59
        -2
        Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
        Excuse me, but is it about PMCs? It seems that the official troops of Estonia are fighting on the side of NATO, and not some kind of PMCs. And when the NATO French are beaten, the NATO Estonians are pushed into hot spots.

        And what is the fundamental difference? They both serve as best they can, do their job, try to serve honestly and survive, and return home. The Baltic units serving "abroad" are not children whose children are sent under bullets, professionals (as far as possible) who know what they signed up for, in my opinion, the analogy with PMCs is somewhat appropriate
        1. Sergey Kulikov_3
          Sergey Kulikov_3 24 March 2021 16: 04
          +1
          The difference is very big, some are engaged in business legally and receive money from their employers, while others serve for the good of NATO.
          1. Niko
            Niko 24 March 2021 16: 11
            0
            Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
            The difference is very big, some are engaged in business legally and receive money from their employers, while others serve for the good of NATO.

            I understand the general non-love for NATO and even share it, but to doubt the LEGALITY of NATO is a sign of either dementia or "urupatriotism" that is already crossing all boundaries. With all the drawbacks, this is an official and absolutely legal organization, no matter how we like it
            1. Sergey Kulikov_3
              Sergey Kulikov_3 24 March 2021 16: 20
              0
              Is NATO legality and formality a new term in international law? You are clearly confusing terms and statuses. Just answer: does Mali have an agreement with NATO on the presence of a military contingent and the conduct of hostilities throughout its territory?
              1. Niko
                Niko 24 March 2021 16: 32
                0
                Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
                Is NATO legality and formality a new term in international law? You are clearly confusing terms and statuses. Just answer: does Mali have an agreement with NATO on the presence of a military contingent and the conduct of hostilities throughout its territory?

                Just your phrase: "serve for the good of NATO" -as a verdict that is not subject to revision, it is ridiculous even to me who does not love NATO. And the meaning embedded in this phrase is absolutely clear. And about their problems with the legitimacy of staying here or there, THEM and Mali are worried. We would have to deal with our own. And for all the dislike of colonial politics, for the majority of the population, not only of Mali, but of many other countries as well, the presence of France or any other European country is the only real chance to get a handful of rice to feed the children
                1. Sergey Kulikov_3
                  Sergey Kulikov_3 24 March 2021 16: 35
                  +1
                  Is your cynicism going through the roof, are you from Israel?
                  1. Niko
                    Niko 24 March 2021 16: 38
                    -1
                    Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
                    Is your cynicism going through the roof, are you from Israel?

                    Are you anti-Semite?
                    1. Sergey Kulikov_3
                      Sergey Kulikov_3 24 March 2021 16: 51
                      0
                      No, but do you think that the Semites have gathered in Israel !? I have friends who are Jewish by nationality, but they live in Russia.
                      1. Niko
                        Niko 24 March 2021 16: 59
                        -1
                        Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
                        No, but do you think that the Semites have gathered in Israel !? I have friends who are Jewish by nationality, but they live in Russia.

                        Just the parallel that you drew in the previous comment between my cynicism and my intended place of residence does not leave other options for interpretation, but do not bother, I see you are completely confused, and I am not tempted to discuss elementary truths with an opponent of your level. Thanks for the communication.
          2. Niko
            Niko 24 March 2021 16: 18
            -1
            Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
            The difference is very big, some are engaged in business legally and receive money from their employers, while others serve for the good of NATO.

            It is interesting that the FRONTOVIKS who passed the Second World War over time treated their former enemies quite normally, met, communicated if there was an opportunity (we are not talking about ss, of course, and different executioners), because a person who actually survived in the trenches often feels a great community with the same person, even on the other side of the front, than with young idiots who did not "sniff gunpowder" but shout something like "we can repeat" and at the same time they will not give up their seats on the tram
            1. Sergey Kulikov_3
              Sergey Kulikov_3 24 March 2021 16: 30
              0
              Sorry, I am not a front-line soldier, I didn’t have to, I served my purpose and nothing else, but they were shooting in our time, I would like to find these gunmen, but not for talking. Yes, and you cannot understand the veterans, they are not at all for "fraternizing" with former enemies, they are now powerless, and you cannot see and understand these bastards :(
  18. Aleksandr97
    Aleksandr97 24 March 2021 15: 25
    +1
    A hypothetical question: how many soldiers will the French, Italians, etc. send? save Estonia from Russian enslavement ??? I doubt that more than in 1939 for Poland ...
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  20. barclay
    barclay 24 March 2021 15: 37
    0
    The Estonian command is trying to explain this by "collective commitments within the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance."
    And there is. NATO is modernizing their military infrastructure. French aircraft, among others, patrol Estonian airspace, for a reason.
    Estonia knew where it had entered.
  21. No name B
    No name B 24 March 2021 15: 52
    -2
    How interesting it is to observe imperial thinking and laughed and joked, the tone of the comments, of course, was set by the article itself. That this is a good opportunity and a chance to test soldiers in different climatic conditions, to check the coherence of actions with foreign colleagues, it is left aside.
  22. Evil 55
    Evil 55 24 March 2021 15: 57
    +1
    Hot Estonian guys will undoubtedly strengthen the contingent ... if they understand what they are trying to tell or what task to set))
  23. APASUS
    APASUS 24 March 2021 16: 55
    0
    What is Estonia doing in Mali in general?

    That the people do not strongly protest against the fact that they are not asked by their partners at all! And why would it suddenly?
  24. NF68
    NF68 24 March 2021 17: 25
    +1
    With their late ignition and as an amplification?
  25. Suraikin.Aleksandr
    Suraikin.Aleksandr 24 March 2021 23: 32
    -1
    Operation Barkhan is being conducted against jihadist terrorist groups in the West African region.
    So the goals of Estonia in Mali are quite positive - the fight against international terrorism.
  26. Sergej1972
    Sergej1972 25 March 2021 09: 13
    +1
    I would not be surprised that half of these Estonian soldiers are ethnic Slavs.
  27. Oleg Aviator
    Oleg Aviator 25 March 2021 09: 41
    +1
    Correctly. Why substitute your own. There is a second grade that they do not mind at all.
  28. Soldatov V.
    Soldatov V. 25 March 2021 10: 32
    0
    In any army there is a concept of consumables, no matter how cruel it sounds. Let them go and earn money with their blood, only on their return they do not forget to get tested for AIDS, EBOLA, and elephant disease.