Contents tagged with Estonia

  • 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 …

  • Estonia refuses Russian request to open additional polling stations for the presidential elections

    The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied the Russian Embassy’s request to open additional polling stations for Russia’s presidential elections.

    ERR reports that Sandra Kamilova, a spokesperson for the Estonian Foreign Ministry, confirmed this decision to the news service Radio 4.

    "Representatives of foreign countries operating in Estonia have the right to hold elections only with the permission of the Estonian Foreign Ministry. They [the elections] may only be conducted in their …

  • Russia sentences Estonian businessman to 12 years for espionage

    The Moscow City Court sentenced a businessman from Estonia, Raivo Susi to 12 years of imprisonment in a high-security correctional facility for espionage, Interfax reports. The trial was closed to the public; the Susi’s case is classified as top-secret.

    Susi was detained in Moscow on 10 February 2016 in the transit zone of the Sheremetyevo Airport while on his way from Tallinn to one of the Central Asian republics. After that, the Lefortovo court of Moscow put him in custody.

    The businessman’ …

  • New shipment of armored vehicles from Netherlands arrived in Estonia

    The second batch of CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles, purchased in the Netherlands, arrived in Estonia, reports ERR.

    On Saturday, more than ten CV9035 IFVs and three special-purpose armored vehicles modified from the Leopard 1 tank were delivered to the port of Paldiski.

    The IFVs will be delivered to the military town of the First Infantry Brigade in Tapa, the press service of the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces said.

    At the end of 2014, Estonia signed an agreement with the …

  • Estonia and Latvia begin joint military exercises Hurricane 2017

    In Estonia, on Saaremaa Island and in Pärnu County, large-scale exercises named Orkaan-2017 (Hurricane-2017) organized by the voluntary paramilitary organization Kaitseliit (Estonian Defense League) are to begin soon.

    Over a thousand people from Estonia and Latvia will participate in the exercises, Interfax reports citing the press service of Kaitseliit.

    As the head of the Lääne County of the Defense League, Lieutenant Colonel Tõnu Mijl stated, "the exercise will also involve local government …

  • Large-scale NATO cyber exercise have started in Estonia

    In Estonia, a large-scale NATO Cyber Coalition exercise began, as stated in a message on the NATO website.

    The exercise includes more than 700 participants from 25 member states, as well as partner countries, the EU, and industry and academia representatives. This is the 10th annual occurrence of these exercises.

    The goal of the exercises, which will end on Friday, is to test the capabilities of NATO and Alliance partners to counter cyber attacks, as well as to improve the interaction of …

  • President of Estonia: Ukraine should start preparing for EU membership now

    Estonian President, Kersti Kaljulaid, believes that Ukraine should prepare for negotiations on their membership in the European Union even before the potential is recognized, as Kaljulaid stated in Brussels on the eve of the Eastern Partnership summit.

    In answering journalists’ questions about when the EU will recognize the prospect of Eastern partners' membership, the President noted that they should not wait for formal recognition, but start to work now on preparing for the membership …

  • Russian plane violates Estonian airspace

    A Russian Il-76 plane violated Estonia’s airspace, the Estonian Defense Forces headquarters reported.

    The headquarters’ press service reported to Interfax news agency on Tuesday that “today at lunchtime, an Il-76 state airplane of the Russian Federation entered the airspace in the region of the Vaindloo island without authorization”.

    The plane was reportedly in Estonian airspace for less than a minute. Its transponder was active and a flight plan had been filed. The plane made no radio …

  • Estonia calls on NATO to strengthen its presence in Baltics

    The President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid stated that the upcoming NATO summit should address the issue of strengthening the presence of the Alliance troops in the Baltic region, the President’s press service reports.

    At a meeting with the ambassadors of Great Britain, France and Denmark to NATO, who arrived in Estonia, the President stated that at the Alliance summit in 2018 "we must find a solution of how, should the need arise, to organize deployment of additional forces in the Baltic Sea …