Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Estonian President: In Ukraine there is a war, not a frozen conflict

    The Press Service of Office of the President of Estonia has reported that Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid called for consideration of the conflict in eastern Ukraine as a war. Kaljulaid, who visited the combat zone in the Donbas last week, said this on June 1st at a dinner for participants of the 12th annual Lennart Meri Conference.

    "In Ukraine, during the last week alone, four people, including a 15-year-old girl, have been killed in shellings, and another 15 people have been wounded. …

  • Estonia announces its first joint exercises with the Swedish Air Forces

    The Swedish Air Force, together with the Estonian Air Force will hold AFX18 exercises. Swedish fighters will be deployed to the Ämari Air Base near Tallinn, the website of the Estonian Defense Forces reports.

    "These are the first joint exercises between the Estonian and Swedish Air Force after the restoration of independence," Estonian Air Force Colonel Riivo Valge said. His words are quoted on the Ministry’s website. He noted that the exercises provide an excellent opportunity to practice …

  • Estonia: Russian fleet trying press NATO out of Baltic Sea

    Russia is trying to press NATO ships out of the Baltic Sea, said Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik.

    “This is happening in international waters. It is a violation of the good tone rules of seafaring. An active arming of the region is taking place. It is happening absolutely without reason and is evidence of the increase in aggression in our region,” he said.

    According to the minister, the Russian Navy is attempting to influence NATO through frequent flights over ships at low altitudes and …

  • President of Estonia to visit Ukraine

    On Monday, May 7, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid announced through her press service that she will pay an official visit to Ukraine on May 22.

    President Kaljulaid is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Vice-Prime-Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and Chairman of the Verkhovna, Rada Andriy Parubiy. Kaljulaid will additionally speak at a business seminar in Kyiv and meet with local entrepreneurs.

    Kaljulaid plans to visit Eastern …

  • Estonian Foreign Minister says Russia should be negotiated with from a position of strength and unity

    In an interview with the Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said that he is convinced that the countries of the West need to maintain unity in communication with Russia and at the same time strongly express their position .

    According to him, taking into account the current policy of the Russian Federation, it is important for the countries of the West to maintain a united front so that "when you talk to a leader like [Putin], and obviously we need …

  • Estonia bans entry to 49 individuals from 'Magnitsky list'

    The Government of Estonia approved Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser’s proposal to prohibit 49 individuals from the so-called “Magnistky list” from entering the country, as reported on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Individuals involved in serious violations of human rights, including the death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, will be banned from entering Estonia. “The unity and government’s resolve in this matter show our commitment to pay attention …

  • Estonia considers expelling Russian diplomats because of 'Skripal case'

    The Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, canceled his trip to Russia as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s independence. According to the Estonian Foreign Ministry,the decision was made after negotiations in Brussels, RBC news agency reports.

    “I decided not to visit Russia in May where I planned participate in activities devoted to the 100th anniversary of Estonia,” the press service of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign affairs quoted the Minister as saying. …

  • 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 …