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The Kremlin claims the Estonian purchase of protective gear was Russian humanitarian aid

The Kremlin has claimed that the Estonian and Latvian joint purchase of protective gear from China was, instead, Russian humanitarian aid. Last week, good news spread in Estonia during the coronavirus emergency crisis. On Thursday, 2 April, a plane with millions of protective masks and other protective equipment landed in …

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Estonian companies to develop a NATO cyber platform

The Tallinn-based companies, Guardtime and Cyber Technologies, will develop an automated command and development platform for the NATO Cyber Range. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has signed an agreement with Guardtime and GT Cyber Technologies for the companies to develop over four years an automated command and development platform …

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Estonia’s far-right EKRE MPs vote against a statement supporting the EU and NATO

The Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) MPs voted against the parliament foreign affairs committee’s statement in support of the unity of the EU and NATO. In the light of the current crisis, members of the Estonian parliament’s (Riigikogu) foreign affairs committee on 2 April adopted a statement in support of …

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Estonian cyber security company shares free cyber hygiene training with Ukrainian police cadets

The Estonian-based cyber security company, Cybexer Technologies, is supporting the Ukrainian National Academy of Internal Affairs with online cyber hygiene e-learning and is opening the free e-learning course to the whole world. Cybexer has decided to contribute to personal cyber hygiene through its free online course, which is available in …

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Local defence industry companies offer to build new armoured vehicles in Estonia

Milrem Robotics, an Estonian manufacturer of unmanned ground vehicles, is proposing that Estonia order new armoured vehicles for its defence forces from a local consortium, instead of a Finnish producer, Patria. Milrem Robotics announced the proposal on its Facebook page on 2 April. “Together with other Estonian defence industry companies, we …

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One thing that everyone can do to contain the spread of the coronavirus is to wash and disinfect one's hands. Photo by Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash.

Estonia is ordering a two-week isolation on everyone arriving in the country

The Estonian prime minister and the chief of the emergency situation, Jüri Ratas, has ordered a two-week restriction of movement for people arriving in Estonia from abroad: from the day of arrival in Estonia it is prohibited for the person to leave home or place of stay during 14 days. “Within …

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Estonia is closing its borders due to the spread of coronavirus

Estonia is closing its borders to foreigners, starting 17 March, the government decided overnight. This means Estonia has reinstituted border checks at the inner and outer border of the Schengen area. The only people to be allowed to Estonia are the citizens of the country, the Estonian “grey passport” holders …

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The Latvian-Estonian border between the Estonian town of Valga and the Latvian town of Valka. Photo by Vesahjr, shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

Latvia is closing its borders amid coronavirus fears

The Latvian government has decided to close all its international air, road, sea and railway borders starting from 17 March, the country’s foreign minister announced; this makes it very hard for Estonians to return home from elsewhere in Europe by road. For the latest developments in Estonia, follow our special …

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The Estonian government declares an emergency situation due to coronavirus

The Estonian government has declared an emergency situation, due to the coronavirus disease spread in Estonia. For the latest developments in Estonia, follow our special blog on coronavirus. The emergency situation will run, as of now, until 1 May 2020, unless the government will decide otherwise. It also affects schools, …

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