Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Estonian Foreign Minister congratulates Ukrainian Special Services on destroying Crimean bridge

    Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu suggested that Ukraine may be behind the explosions on the Crimean bridge and congratulated the "Ukrainian special forces" on this event.

    "Estonia certainly welcomes this (the explosion on the Crimean bridge) and congratulates the Ukrainian special forces units that are probably behind this operation," said the Estonian Foreign Minister.

    He added that the Crimean bridge has an important symbolic value for Russia, since it connects Russia and Crimea and …

  • Estonia intends to demand that the EU stops issuing visas to Russians

    The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing proposals to the European Union to stop issuing visas to Russian citizens, said Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu on the air of ETV.

    "The bottom line is that the European Union should stop issuing regular visas to Russian citizens. There are humanitarian cases. For example, associates of Alexei Navalny, they would be considered separately," Reinsalu said.

    "But it's really funny that Russian citizens are now traveling en masse across …

  • Estonia and Latvia recognize Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine as genocide

    Latvia and Estonia have become the first countries in the world to officially recognize the crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine as genocide

    The parliaments of Latvia and Estonia adopted statements acknowledging that Russia had committed genocide against the Ukrainian people. 

    In the statement published on its website, the Estonian Parliament says that the Russian Federation committed acts of genocide, including mass atrocities, against the civilian population in the temporarily …

  • Estonia delivers large shipment of lethal weapons to Ukraine

    The Estonian government has delivered a shipment of lethal weapons to Ukraine, including howitzers, said by the Embassy of Estonia in Ukraine.

    Estonia has  also handed over to Ukraine anti-tank missiles, howitzers, anti-tank mines, recoilless anti-tank guns, automatic weapons, ammunition, disposable grenade launchers and hand grenades.

    In addition, Estonian businessman, in cooperation with government institutions and the Estonian Armed Forces,provided helmets, body armor, communication …

  • Baltic countries halt all imports of Russian gas

    Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have suspended imports of Russian gas since the beginning of April.

    "If there are still doubts about whether there can be confidence in supplies from Russia, then current events clearly show us that there is no longer any trust," said the CEO of the Latvian gas storage operator Conexus Baltic Grid, Uldis Bariss.

    According to him, Russian natural gas has not been supplied to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania since April 1. The Baltic market is currently supplied from …

  • Baltic states expel ten Russian diplomats

    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have all announced that they have expelled several Russian diplomats from their countries. Estonia and Latvia are each expelling three diplomats, and Lithuania is expelling four.

    The Estonian Foreign Ministry announced that it had summoned the Russian Ambassador in Tallinn on Friday and informed him that three employees of the Russian Embassy with diplomatic status had been declared persona non grata. According to the Estonian Vice Chancellor for Political Affairs, …

  • Estonian Parliament calls for no-fly zone over Ukraine

    The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, formally called for the implementation of a no-fly zone over Ukraine on Monday, the first NATO member to do so.

    A statement released by the parliament explained, “The Riigikogu expresses its support to the defenders and the people of the state of Ukraine in their fight against the Russian Federation that has launched a criminal war, and calls on showing absolute support to Ukraine in its war for maintaining its freedom, sovereignty and territorial …

  • Estonia sending another shipment of Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine

    The Estonian authorities have decided to provide Ukraine with an additional package of military assistance because of invasion of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory.

    According to the Secretary General of the Estonian Defense Ministry Kusti Salm, assistance to Kyiv will include an additional shipment of Javelin anti-tank missile systems, anti-aircraft and fire arms ammunition, personal equipment, medical equipment and food for soldiers, ERR radio reports.

    "Estonia is sending additional …

  • Estonia delivers Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine

    Amid growing threat of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Estonia has sent the first shipment of lethal weapons to Kyiv. Ukraine has received Javelin anti-tank missile systems, said the Estonian Defense Ministry. It has not been reported how many missiles systems were delivered.

    "This is a small step by Estonia in supporting Ukraine, but it is a real and tangible contribution to the defense against Russian aggression," said Lieutenant General Martin Herem, Commander of Estonian Defence Forces.

    “At …

  • Baltic countries to send Stinger and Javelin systems to Ukraine

    In order to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and counter possible Russian aggression, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, along with diplomatic support, will provide Ukraine with military assistance, said Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

    As part of this assistance, Lithuania and Latvia will send Stinger anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, and Estonia will send Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems.

    “Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia speak together in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial …