Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Russia expelled Estonian Consul General in St. Petersburg

    The Russian authorities sent a letter to Arti Hilpus, Ambassador of Estonia in Moscow, in connection with the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the country and declared two members of the diplomatic mission of Estonia persona non grata, as published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

    The Foreign Ministry ordered the Consul General of Estonia in St. Petersburg, Jaanus Kirikmäe and the head of the Pskov Chancellery of the Estonian Consulate General in St. …

  • Saber Knight multinational military exercises begin in Estonia near the border with Russia

    In the Estonian city of Voru, near the border with Russia, the international command and staff exercises “Saber Knight” have started, as reported by the press service of the Estonian Defense Forces.

    As noted, with the participation of brigade staffs from Latvia, Lithuania and Denmark, a total of about 700 soldiers and officers are involved in the exercises. Servicemen from the United States and Slovakia are also participating in the maneuvers.

    According to Eero Rebo, commander of the Estonian …

  • Estonian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of two Russian diplomats

    Russia's Consul General in Estonia’s third largest city Narva Dmitry Kazennov and Consul Andrei Surgaev have been delivered a note that they must leave Estonia, as reported by Delfi news outlet, citing Media Adviser of the Estonian Foreign Ministry Sandra Kamilova.

    Kamilova confirmed that Kazennov and Surgaev would be expelled from the country, but refused to comment on it. The reasons for this decision have not been specified.

    Russia’s RIA Novosti reports that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

  • Large-scale tank drills will be held during Spring Storm international military exercise in Estonia

    The training exercise of tank units are scheduled to take place during the Spring Storm international military drills, which will be held next week in Estonia, as reported by the country’s Defense minister.

    "On May 23rd, at the main training ground of the Defense Forces, training drills  with the use of heavy equipment, that is, tank units, will begin" Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces Riho Terras stated while visiting the command center of the military exercises.

    The heavy military …

  • President of Estonia emphasized the importance of maintaining sanctions on Russia

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid accentuated the importance of maintaining sanctions against Russia, in an exclusive interview with the DW program ‘Nemtsova Interview.’

    "We can say that the whole security situation in Europe is unpredictable and changeable. There is Russia, which has already shown that it is ready to use force. I am speaking of the occupation of the Crimean peninsula. Besides, we know that Russia does not fulfill its international obligations which it had assumed. Let's …

  • Six NATO warships arrived in Estonia

    On Friday, six NATO warships entered the port of Tallinn, reported news website with reference to Estonian Defense Force.

    The warships of the North Atlantic Alliance made a planned entry into the port of Tallinn to participate in various defense-related activities, to replenish the ships supplies stocks and to rest.

    The ships are part of two permanent NATO naval units. The first mine clearing group consists of four ships -Estonian minesweeper EML Wambola, Norwegian HNoMS Hinnoey, …

  • Russian citizen in Estonia sentenced to five years prison for espionage

    The Harju County Court in Estonia sentenced Artem Zinchenko, a Russian citizen residing in the Baltic republic, to five years of imprisonment on charges of espionage for Russia. This was reported by ERR news agency.

    According to the report, Zinchenko was found guilty of crimes against Estonia. According to the charges, Zinchenko was recruited by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces (formerly GRU) in 2009. Between 2013 and 2017, he allegedly …

  • Large-scale NATO exercises held in Estonia

    Spring Storm 2017, a set of large-scale military exercises involving several NATO countries kicked off in Estonia with the participation of almost nine thousand troops.

    "About 2.3 thousand foreign servicemen from 13 countries will take part in large-scale NATO exercises Kevadtorm-2017 (Spring Storm 2017) together with the Estonian military. In total, almost 9 thousand military servicemen will be involved from May 8 to May 26," the message of the General Staff of the Defense Forces of the …

  • Estonia will destroy beaver dams to protect its border with Russia

    Estonian border guards will destroy beaver dams along the rivers and streams bordering on Russia because these constructions facilitate the transit of smugglers, ERR reports.

    Beaver dams are located in Southeastern Estonia on the Pededze and Piusa rivers, as well as on some small streams. A tender has already been announced to find a contractor for the task.

    It would be necessary to cut the trees lying on Russian territory along the border line. However, the contractor's challenge is to avoid …

  • Russian government's aircraft violated Estonian airspace

    A Russian government aircraft, allegedly with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on board, violated Estonia's airspace, as reported by Postimees, citing the Estonian Defense Forces.

    The IL-96 aircraft is owned by the state-run aviation enterprise, Rossiya, which is subordinate to the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. The plane violated Estonian airspace on the evening of May 3rd near the island of Vaindloo.

    According to Estonian Defense Forces, the aircraft flew with the …