Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Estonia: life in Crimea has deteriorated since its annexation by Russia

    The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned Russia's actions in the Crimea and accused the Russian Federation of violating international law.

    In a statement by Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser published on the Ministry’s website, Estonia denounced “serious breaches of international law committed by Russia” against the residents of the Crimea, including “forced conscription of locals into the Russian armed forces, imposed adoption of Russian citizenship, seizure of property, and …

  • Estonian prime minister cancels his visit to Russia after Skripal poisoning

    Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has decided not to visit Russia this spring on account of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, announced Estonian government spokesperson Urmas Seaver, as cited by the Estonian news outlet Postimees.

    According to Seaver, the organizers of Estonia’s 100 year anniversary celebrations suggested that the prime minister take part in the Estonian culture days in Krasnoyarsk between May 16-21. However, in light of the developments surrounding Skripal, …

  • Estonia joins opponents of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    The Estonian Parliament has joined a statement by Latvia, Lithuania and Poland opposing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as announced by the speaker of the Estonian parliament, Eiki Nestor, reports Delfi.

    "Estonia considers Nord Stream 2 a political project. We wish that the Council of the European Union start discussions on updating the Gas Directive as soon as possible," Nestor said.

    The Speaker recalled that the amendments proposed by the European Union states that all …

  • Estonia accuses Russia of violating its airspace

    On March 12, a Russian Il-76 entered Estonian airspace without authorization in the region of the Vaindloo island, Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) reported, citing the Estonian Defense Forces press service.

    According to the Estonian military, the Russian plane spent almost a minute in Estonian airspace. The Il-76 did not have radio contact with the Estonian Air Traffic Center. However, the plane’s transponder was active.

    As the ERR observes, this is not the first violation of Estonia’s air …

  • Estonia and Russia exchange spies at the border

    Estonia and Russia have conducted a border exchange, swapping citizens convicted of espionage, reported Estonian news outlet Delfi.

    The exchange was conducted on February 10 at the border crossing point in the village of Koidula, located on the Russian-Estonian border. Russian citizen Artem Zinchenko, who had served time for espionage in Estonia, was exchanged for Estonian businessman Raivo Susi, who had been convicted of espionage by Russia.

    Russian citizen Zinchenko was convicted of …

  • Estonian Intelligence warns of information warfare by Russia against NATO troops in the Baltic States

    In a report titled “International Security and Estonia 2018”, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service has warned that Russian information warfare against NATO troops in the Baltic States will continue into 2018.

    "Information attacks on NATO forces in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will continue at a pace similar to 2017," Estonian experts believe.

    According to the Estonian intelligence, the Kremlin's propaganda machine is also making an attempt to reduce and denigrate the significance of …

  • Estonia will continue to upgrade the border with Russia despite a sharp rise in cost of work

    Estonia will continue to reinforce the border with Russia, despite the fact that the cost of work has more than doubled, as stated by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, according to ERR news outlet.

    Ratas said that the cost of the construction along the eastern border was 79 million euros in 2015, but now, after the completion of the design work, it turns out that it will cost two and a half or even three times more.“This, of course, does not mean that the construction on the eastern …

  • Estonia establishes border with Russia

    As TASS reports, Estonia has fully completed the layout of the border with Russia. According to the Police and Border Guard Department of the republic, 567 poles have been installed.

    It was reported that last spring, the demarcation of the border on Lake Peipus and the Narva Reservoir was carried out and 176 buoys were placed there.

    According to calculations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country, the modernization of the eastern border infrastructure cost Estonia 197 million …

  • US fighters arrive in Estonia for military exercises

    Twelve F-16 fighters from the Ohio National Guard arrived in Estonia on Sunday in order to take part in international drills, the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces reported.

    The F-16s from the Ohio National Guard squadron flew to the Ämari Air Base outside of Tallinn from the US airbase in Toledo.

    “One of the goals of the upcoming drills is to hone skills in large-scale air operations. Experienced spotters from Belgium will also come to help with these drills,” said acting …

  • Estonia considerably increases expenditures to counter propaganda

    Since 2018, Estonia's expenditures aimed at combating misinformation and propaganda will be increased by 13.3 times - from 60,000 to 800,000 euros, Deutsche Welle reports.

    According to the Postimees, the budget for ensuring strategic communication will be at this level for at least four years.

    Overall, by 2021 Tallinn will spend 3.26 million euros for this purpose. The team of specialists in strategic communications will be increased from two to eight.

    According to Martin Yashko, who is …