According to The Independent, Russian President Vladimir Putin has renamed the squadron to honor the capital of Estonia. In the West believe that such a decision the Kremlin uses “doctrine” to put pressure on the Baltic States.
Archive of the 51st mine-torpedo aviation regiment of KBF
The British newspaper the Independent reported that Putin signed the decree about renaming of the 23rd fighter aviation regiment in Tallinn. The document stresses that the new name will serve to “educate servicemen in the spirit of fidelity to military duty” and “preserve the glorious historic military tradition.” While the British media stressed that the decision of the Baltic republics perceive as political provocation.
So, the Director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian studies, University of Birmingham explained that this renaming is in honor of “a strategic Outpost of the former Soviet Union” may indicate that the Kremlin applies the “political doctrine” with the purpose of influencing the Baltic republics.
Also The Independent indicates that during the Second world war, the Soviet air force carried out a large number of raids on Tallinn, dropping thousands of bombs. In raids, stresses the British newspaper, killing hundreds of civilians. Also The Independent recalled that on the territory of Estonia are deployed, a NATO force designed to deter Russian aggression.
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