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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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The United Kingdom and Estonia’s achievement of independence

Patrik Maldre describes the crucial days of 1918 when the Estonia-UK alliance was born.* On 24 February 1919, the Republic of Estonia celebrated its first Independence Day with nearly full control of the nation’s historical homeland. And yet, only a short two months before that, the Red Army had been …

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Estonia’s first ambassador to Mali presents her credentials

On Monday, 8 February, Ingrid Amer, Estonia’s first ambassador to Mali, presented her credentials to the West African country’s president of the transition, Bah N’Daw; Estonia and Mali are closely linked by defence cooperation – Estonia is currently part of three missions aimed at bolstering Mali’s security. After the presentation …

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Estonia has a serial criminal party in the government – again

When the previous Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas – also the chairman of the centre-left Centre Party – resigned on 14 January, he did so because his party had yet again been suspected in criminal involvement in a corruption case; this wasn’t by far the first time the Centre Party …

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Estonia commemorates the Tartu Peace Treaty

On 2 February, Estonia commemorates the Tartu Peace Treaty that ended the Estonian War of Independence, established the country’s eastern border and obligated Soviet Russia to recognise Estonian independence – the fact the Soviet Union ignored only 20 years later. The Tartu Peace Treaty, signed on 2 February 1920, was …

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Estonian MEP nominates Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize

Jaak Madison, an Estonian far-right member of the European Parliament, has nominated the former US president, Donald Trump, for the Nobel Peace Prize. “Due to the fact that nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize can also be nominated by members of parliaments, I used this opportunity,” Madison wrote on his …

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The Estonian Provisional Legation in London commenced work in the spring of 1918. Pictured, the London embassy staff in 1920. Photo from the archive of the Estonian foreign ministry.

Estonia celebrates anniversaries of relations with France, the UK, Belgium, Italy and Japan

A hundred years ago, on 26 January 1921, governments of the members of the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers – France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy and Japan – recognised the Republic of Estonia. On 27 January 1921, the Postimees daily announced, “Final recognition – which is, after all, …

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LIVE: A webinar marks the establishment of relations between Estonia and the UK

On 26 January 2021, Estonia and the United Kingdom will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries with a webinar; Estonian World will broadcast the webinar live at 4 PM EET / 2 PM GMT. The Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University and the University …

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The Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre to lead research on securing 5G networks for military mobility

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, also known as the CCDCOE, based in Tallinn, Estonia, will lead a research project exploring the security of 5G networks in relation to military mobility. The project is funded by the US Department of Defense and the Estonian foreign ministry and carried …

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Estonia’s prime minister Jüri Ratas resigns, Kaja Kallas asked to form the government

Jüri Ratas, the Estonian prime minister and the head of the Centre Party, has resigned, following the party’s suspected criminal involvement in a corruption case, bringing an end to the current coalition government; On 14 January, the Estonian president nominated the opposition leader Kaja Kallas as the candidate for new …

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