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The Estonian internal security: Russian espionage a permanent threat, China interested in Estonia

According to the 2020-2021 annual review by the Estonian Internal Security Service – colloquially known as kapo – Russian espionage against the country remained a continuous and permanent threat even during the coronavirus pandemic, although the spying is now done more in the cyberspace; Estonia is also facing the danger …

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Estonian and Russian foreign ministers discuss relations over a phone call

On 9 April, the Estonian foreign minister Eva-Maria Liimets spoke on the phone with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov; the ministers discussed bilateral relations and the international situation. “Estonia and Russia are neighbours and neighbours need to talk. Despite the fact that we have disagreements and our views on many …

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Estonia allocates €1.3 million for humanitarian aid in Syria

The Estonian government decided to allocate €1.3 million to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian civil war. The decision was announced by the country’s foreign minister, Eva-Maria Liimets, on 30 March. “The situation in Syria remains extremely bad – people suffer from widespread violence; thousands of people are detained …

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The Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Photo: kremlin.ru

Estonian Foreign Intelligence: the coronavirus crisis offered new opportunities for authoritarian regimes

The 2021 Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service report says Russia is using the COVID-19 pandemic to spread misinformation and promote its national interests. According to the report, Russia is using the COVID-19 pandemic to weaken the unity of the West. “This will include attempts to discredit Western-produced COVID-19 vaccines, as with …

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Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas tests positive for the coronavirus

The Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas, issued a statement on the evening of 15 March, saying she had tested positive for the coronavirus. “Today is the day I join the thousands of Estonians who have received a positive corona test,” Kallas wrote in her Facebook page. “Like many of you, …

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Baltic warships join the Royal Navy-led task group

The Royal Navy frigates, HMS Lancaster and Westminster, tanker RFA Tiderace and vessels from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have joined forces in the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force. It is the first operation of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force – a partnership of nine northern European nations committed to working together …

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Estonia and Spain celebrate the centenary of diplomatic relations

On 8 March 1921, the Kingdom of Spain recognised the young Republic of Estonia de jure, which laid the basis for formal diplomatic contacts; on 8 March 2021, the two countries celebrated the centenary of their diplomatic relations. Spain, like most major powers, recognised Estonia in March 1921. The de jure recognition …

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When Tallinn burned – Estonia commemorates the March 1944 bombings

On 9 March 1944, the Soviet Air Forces started to bomb the Estonian capital, Tallinn, that, at the time, was occupied by Nazi Germany; some 600-700 civilians died, over 600 were wounded and some 20,000 people were left homeless; Estonian World publishes an excerpt from the upcoming book, “Darkness in …

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The Estonian government imposes strict restrictions due to the pandemic

The Estonian government is imposing strict restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus; the new regulations will go into effect on Thursday, 11 March and will last at least for a month. According to the government, the restrictions will, as of now, be valid from 11 March until …

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