Contents tagged with Estonia

  • UK to strengthen its military presence in Estonia

    In 2019, Great Britain will strengthen its military presence in the Baltic States. 20 tanks will be deployed to Estonia, and the Royal Navy will conduct exercises in the Baltic Sea, reports ERR news agency, citing Gary Brooks, the British military attaché in Estonia.

    The UK will hold a rotation of British troops in Estonia in 2019. 10 tanks will be sent to Great Britain, and they will be replaced by 20 armored vehicles. From April to August, British fighter jets Eurofighter Typhoon will be …

  • Estonian Parliament adopts declaration in support of Ukraine after Russia’s attack in Kerch Strait

    On Monday, December 3, the Estonian Parliament adopted a declaration to support Ukraine after Russia’s direct aggression in the Kerch Strait. As reported on the website of the Estonian Parliament, 79 deputies voted in favor of “In support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine due to aggression in the Kerch Strait.”

    In the adopted declaration, the Estonian Parliament expressed its support for Ukraine and the country's right to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty. …

  • Baltic states agreed to increase their defense budgets

    Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia intend to increase their defense budgets to more than 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The Defense Ministers of the three countries agreed to this in their joint communique after the meeting in Vilnius on Saturday, November 24. DW reports that the document envisions cooperation in strategic communication between the Baltic States and Poland, and increasing the cyber security of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. 

    During the two-day meeting that took place in …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Russian missiles are dangerous for Europe

    Russia has been violating the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) for several years, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius said in an interview with DW on Wednesday, November 14. Although US President Donald Trump announced that he was planning to quit the treaty, it is just an intention and not yet a decision. According to the Lithuanian politician, it is Donald Trump's tactic to exert pressure on Russia.

    Linas Linkevičius said that …

  • Estonia starts a sudden call up of reservists

    According to ERR news agency, the government of Estonia decided at a meeting on Wednesday, October 31 to call 1,248 reservists for additional military training. This concerns the reservists, who are assigned to the 51st Logistics Battalion and who are assigned to the unit's mobilization reserve.

    The aim of additional military exercises is to review the functioning of the chain of command, starting with the decisions of the Estonian government and ending with the gathering of reservists from …

  • US builds new NATO facilities in Estonia

    New facilities for accommodation of NATO troops and equipment which were built using US-allocated funds were solemnly opened on Tuesday at Amari Air Base near Tallinn, reported the press service of the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces.

    According to Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik, the facilities, among which is a new hangar, a headquarters building and a platform for explosive goods, were built as part of the US Executive Defense International in Europe (EDI). The project cost …

  • Estonian travel agencies face criminal charges for organizing trips to annexed Crimea

    Estonian Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal investigation against several Estonian travel agencies suspected of organizing tourist trips to Ukraine’s territory, which was annexed by Russia, reports Postimees news website, with the reference to Estonian media.

    "The State Prosecutor’s Office confirms that on Tuesday, five Estonian travel agencies offices were searched based on the suspicion that they offer tourist trips to the Russian-occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, where, in accordance with …

  • Ukrainian nationals lead migration to Estonia

    Immigrants from Ukraine received three times more temporary residence permits in Estonia than applicants from all other countries combined this year, ERR portal reports, citing the Estonian Interior Ministry.

    In the first six months of this year, the Police and Border Guard Board of Estonia issued 1,268 temporary residence permits. Overall, 941 residence permits were received by citizens of Ukraine, 108 by Belarus, 95 by Russia, and another 124 by citizens of other countries.

    Ukrainians also …

  • Talinn: Skripal did not take part in exposing Russian spies in Estonia

    In response to the information of German media that the former officer of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, Sergei Skripal, helped expose Denis Metsavas and his father Peter Volin, the Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) said that Skripal has no relation to the spies exposed in the Estonia, the Interfax reports.

    "Skripal has no relation to any espionage cases in Estonia," the KaPo press service assured.

    Earlier, the German Focus magazine reported that Skripal could have …

  • German and Belgian fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers over the Baltic Sea

    German and Belgian fighter jets intercepted two Russian supersonic bombers Tu-160 over the Baltic Sea, DPA news agency reported on Wednesday, September 26th, referring to a NATO representative.

    According to DPA, the Bundeswehr has confirmed this information.

    The incident occurred on September 25th, two of the six aircraft currently stationed in Amari airbase in Estonia participated in the interception.

    The fighter jets are stationed in Estonia as part of NATO’s observation mission of the …