. France held snap military exercises in Estonia
The exercises were a demonstration of «strategic solidarity» amid war in Ukraine
French armed forces have conducted a surprise military exercise in Estonia, sending more than 100 paratroopers to the Baltic country bordering Russia, the French Ministry of Defense has announced.
Amphibious operation, carried out on Tuesday evening, dubbed Thunder Lynx, “enabled the rapid landing of about 100 paratroopers” from France's 11th Airborne Brigade “on the territory guarded by Estonian soldiers,” the statement said.
Hurry organized exercises in Estonia, which is a member of NATO, were held to demonstrate “strategic solidarity” against the backdrop of the Russian war in Ukraine.
“The landing operation illustrates the ability of the French armed forces to intervene in an emergency and support an ally country ”, the French Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
France was one of the first countries to send its troops to the eastern flank of Europe after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
France has deployed some 500 soldiers to Romania as part of the NATO Rapid Reaction Force and has been a key player in strengthening NATO forces on the eastern flank of the alliance since the start of the war.