Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Gazprom may completely abandon the Baltic market

    As reported by Rzeczpospolita, after leaving Latvia and Lithuania, the Russian Gas monopoly, Gazprom, may abandon its work in Estonia as well. According to the daily, the Board of Directors of Gazprom has to make a decision on the termination of its participation in Eesti Gaas on May 11th.

    As of today, 51.38% of the shares of the Estonian company belong to Finnish Fortum, 37.03% of the shares are owned by Gazprom, and 10.02% belong to the Latvian company, Itera Latvija, which is part of the …

  • Estonian Defense Minister: Russia regularly violates our airspace

    Russian warplanes regularly violate Estonian airspace. This was reported by the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hannes Hanso, during a visit to Paris on the 3rd of May. He added that this is “extremely reckless behavior” by Moscow.

    “They are violating our airspace fairly regularly. They fly over the Baltic Sea with their transponders switched off,” Hanso reported.

    He added that even though military radar can detect a plane which has its transponders turned off, civilian aircraft are unable to …

  • Estonian PM proposes extending sanctions against Russia

    The Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Roivas, expressed his support for extending the anti-Russian sanctions policy at the meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, that took place on Tuesday in New York, Interfax reported.

    ”It is extremely important that the international community remembers Russia’s attempts to publicly participate in resolving the conflict in Syria while it didn’t make a single step to withdraw from Ukraine,” Roivas said.

    “We can’t talk about …

  • Large-scale NATO exercises begin in Estonia

    The largest of NATO’s military exercises this year began on May 2nd in Estonia. According to the press service of the Estonian Defense Force Headquarters, 6,000 servicemen, including 1,500 from 10 countries that are strong allies and NATO partners, took part in a series of maneuvers code-named Kevadtorm 2016.

    Soldiers from Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania are participating. Military exercises scheduled to last three weeks …

  • Estonia to spend 70 million euros on construction of wall along border with Russia

    The Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs, Hanno Pevkur, stated that Estonia will spend over 70 million euro on the construction of a high-tech wall on the border with Russia, Postimees reports.

    "The total cost of the construction of the technological border will tentatively exceed 70 million euro. Our goal is to complete the construction of the border infrastructure by the centennial of the Estonian Republic which will be celebrated in 2018," Pevkur said during a speech on Friday at the …

  • Estonia warns NATO of possible surveillance by Russian drones

    The Estonian Security Police are concerned about the possible operations of the Russian Special Forces. The agency has already informed NATO that their neighbor is watching the country using unmanned aircraft.

    The Security Police sent the Alliance a report on the week-long command-staff exercise, Trident Jaguar, completed on April 27th. “Over the past two days, starting April 22nd, drones were seen near the Ämari Air Base and at a military base in the south east of the country,” the report …

  • Head of Estonian Security Police: Russia wants to divide the EU

    According to the Director General of the Security Police of Estonia, Arnold Sinisalu, Russia is trying to split the European Union, as written in his Preface to the Department’s Annual Report for 2015, RIA Novosti reported."The armed conflict in Ukraine started in 2014. Russia keeps trying to split the European Union and until the territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored, the security of Europe is not ensured," Sinisalu said.The Director of the Security Police notes that the EU is now …

  • Estonia to offer medical treatment for wounded Ukrainian soldiers

    This year, Estonia will offer treatment and rehabilitation for the Ukrainian servicemen who suffered through the hostilities in the Donbas region, as reported by Postimees, with reference to the Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Estonia.

    In May this year, Estonia will offer recovery treatment for ten servicemen of the Ukrainian army who suffered during the fighting in the health center “Sat.” Ukrainians will be delivered to Estonia for treatment in two groups of five people. …

  • Breedlove: NATO contingent in Estonia should not be made up of only US soldiers

    NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, General Philip Breedlove, stated that the preliminary deployment of NATO troops in Estonia should be international and not consist of only soldiers from the United States Forces.

    “The work to ensure that NATO will be able to respond to threats from the east and south is in progress. The plan on strengthening NATO’s presence in the Baltic States will be adopted at the NATO Summit in July,” Breedlove stated in his interview to the journalists on Tuesday in …

  • Latvia blocks website of Russian news agency 'Sputnik'

    Authorities in Latvia called the agency an instrument of Russian propaganda and misinformation. The decision to block the website is related to sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union.

    Latvia denied the agency the right to use the domain .lv for the news portal Sputnik Latvia, as reported by internet portal Delfi on March 29th. As reflected in the official letter received by the management of Sputnik Latvia on behalf of the NIC registrar, "registration of the domain name sputniknews. …