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Estonia joins a statement on the human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang

A cross-regional statement delivered by France on behalf of 43 member states of the United Nations, including Estonia, notes a widespread and systematic human rights violations against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwestern China. The statement was delivered by France at the UN General Assembly Third …

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Estonia to buy missile systems for coastal defence

Estonia has signed a contract with a joint venture to purchase missile systems for developing the country’s coastal defence capabilities. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment signed the contract with Proteus Advanced Systems, which is a joint venture company of Israel Aerospace Industries and ST Engineering Land Systems, a Singaporean …

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Estonia ranks second in the world in internet freedom

According to the 2021 Freedom on the Net report, compiled by Freedom House, a US-based think tank, Estonia ranks second in the world in internet freedom after Iceland; despite Estonia’s high ranking, the report highlights aspects that warrant special attention. For the third year in a row, Iceland was ranked …

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A US agency adds Estonia to the “very high” COVID-19 transmission risk countries’ list

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, known as the CDC, has added Estonia to the list of countries where the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus is “very high” – the most dangerous designation by the agency. The CDC added seven countries to the “Level 4” list …

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The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols in Moscow on 23 August 1939.

Estonia in the grip of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the realpolitik of great powers

On 23 August 1939, the German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Vyacheslav Molotov, his counterpart in the Soviet Union, signed a non-aggression treaty – the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – and its additional secret protocols that divided the spheres of influence between the two totalitarian powers; Meelis Maripuu looks back …

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The Estonian Defence Forces in Afghanistan – in pictures

From 2003-2014, Estonia participated in Afghanistan under the NATO mission, International Security Assistance Force; this selection of pictures tells a little story of the Estonian soldiers in Afghanistan.* The Estonian Defence Forces were active in Afghanistan since 2003, serving along the British forces in the restless Helmand province in southern …

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Estonian police strengthen control around the Latvian border

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board is strengthening border control around the Estonian-Latvian border area and in ports in order to prevent illegal border crossings in the event of increased migratory pressure towards Estonia. “I spoke to the Latvian interior minister today, with whom we have maintained regular contact …

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An Iranian military vessel enters the Estonian waters without permission

An Iranian military vessel, en route to St Petersburg, Russia, briefly entered the Estonian territorial waters on 23 July after 10 PM; the vessel’s crew didn’t inform the country’s authorities 48 hours ahead that it’s to enter the Estonian waters, therefore Estonia’s Police and Border Guard Board gave it the …

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