I embedded with the Estonian Defence League as it trained on the Russian border. The Baltic States were rattled by the sense of a shift in the world order following the election of US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin and undermined NATO. The EDL militia is made up of volunteers: students, waitresses, people working in sales. They aren’t sitting around quaking in fear of a Russian invasion, but they spend their weekends training in guerilla warfare, just in case.
Estonian reserves exercise metres from NATO’s eastern border. The far shore you see is Russia pic.twitter.com/PsD9VL0fAh
— Naomi O’Leary (@NaomiOhReally) January 14, 2017