Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Estonian President lists topics for upcoming discussion with Putin

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid stated during a television broadcast that she wants to discuss with her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.

    According to her, politicians in the world talk a lot about the Russian Federation, but no one talks with Russia. “We have a few things in common, therefore such a meeting is very important,” Kaljulaid said, as quoted by Interfax.

    She also added that bilateral relations between Estonia and Russia are also of …

  • The United States and Lithuania sign a five-year plan for military cooperation

    The United States and Lithuania approved a plan of cooperation in the field of defence for the period up to 2024, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the Pentagon press service.

    This plan involves joint actions in the field of security of the Baltic region, joint exercises, sharing intelligence and improving the early warning capabilities of threats in the region.

    The US is planning to conclude similar agreements with Estonia and Latvia. As stated by the Pentagon, since 2014, the United …

  • Estonian President to visit Russia for the first time in eight years

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will visit Moscow on April 18 to open the historic Baltic embassy building. According to the statement publisherd of the Estonian President’s website, this is the first visit of the Estonian president to Russia since 2011.

    “The last Estonian president to visit Russia was Toomas Hendrik Ilves in 2011, who visited St Petersburg for the second consecration of St. John's Church, “reads the statement.

    Historically, the embassy in Moscow was the first foreign …

  • The US accuses two Russian citizens of illegally supplying electronics to Russia

    The Prosecutor’s Office of the Northern District of California has filed charges against a Russian and an Estonian citizen for illegally supplying electronics from the United States to Russia, stated the US attorney office.

    According to the statement published on the website of the US Attorney, the Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against Valery Kosmachev and Sergei Vetrov. Kosmachev was detained on September 12, 2018 in Estonia and extradited to the United States on March 14. According …

  • Estonia warns of the threat of war between Russia and NATO

    The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service warned in its new annual report "International Security and Estonia" that “The only serious threat to regional security, including the existence and sovereignty of Estonia and other Baltic Sea states, emanates from Russia.” The Service came to that conclusion after analyzing Russia's military exercises.

    Estonian intelligence noted that last year “Russia continued the military build-up along its western border.” According to Estonian intelligence,  …

  • Estonia puts forward territorial claims against Russia

    The city of Ivangorod in Russia’s Leningrad region and part of the Pskov region belonged to the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, and should be returned to Estonia, said Henn Polluaas, deputy chairperson of Estonia’s Conservative People’s Party, as reported by Sputnik.Estonia.

    “Russia took these territories from us by force. Of course, we would not be able to take them back by force. But we have waited 50 years for the restoration of our independence, and we can wait longer and longer. …

  • New NATO headquarters opened in Latvia

    The press service of the Latvian Ministry of Defense announced that Latvia, Estonia and Denmark opened the Northern Division headquarters for the multinational troops in Adazi near Riga.

    The main task of the Northern Division will be the management of military operations in its area of responsibility. The new headquarters will begin planning and managing military operations, as well as planning and integrating the NATO units’ activities in order to strengthen the security of the region and …

  • Estonian President strips officer accused of spying for Russia of all military ranks

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid stripped serviceman Denis Metsavas of all military ranks after he was convicted of spying for Russian military intelligence, reported ERR news outlet. Metsavas lost every rank he received from 1999 to 2015, from Warrant Officer to Major.

    On February 11, the Harju County Court sentenced 38-year-old Denis and his 65-year-old father Pjotr Volin to imprisonment for espionage. Denis was sentenced to 15 years and 6 months of imprisonment and his father to 6 years …

  • Estonia prepares to introduce sanctions against Russia because of Kerch Strait incident

    The Estonian parliament will appeal to the government with a proposal to introduce individual sanctions against four high-ranking Russian officials who are deemed responsible for Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Among them are Senator Aleksey Pushkov, Vladimir Kulishov, Sergei Stankevich and Vasily Piskarev. The decision was adopted by the Estonian MPs on Wednesday, February 20.

    Fifty-six deputies voted to impose sanctions on the four officials. The sanctions prohibit …

  • Swedish Swedbank suspected of laundering billions of euros including from Russia

    Swedish Swedbank is suspected of systematic money laundering, which lasted for about a decade, and was associated with the Baltic branches of Danske Bank, reports Delfi news portal with reference to the Swedish broadcasting corporation (SVT).

    According to the "Uppdrag Granskning" program, the cash flow between Swedbank and the Baltic branches of Danske Bank was at least 40 billion Swedish krona (5.8 billion euros). Among them, there are transfers from companies that became known due to large …