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A US Army artillery brigade conducts first live-fire in Estonia

The US Army Europe’s 41st Field Artillery Brigade has deployed a battery of multiple launch rocket systems for exercise Rail Gunner Rush from 1-10 September in Tapa, Estonia, together with the Estonian Defence Forces. According to the US Army, this is 41st Field Artillery Brigade’s first live-fire training event outside …

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German jets are protecting the Baltic airspace

The German Air Force Eurofighter detachment has taken over the augmenting role of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Ämari Air Base in Estonia, protecting the region against Russian aircraft. Germany took over the role from the French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 detachment on 31 August. The Baltic Air Policing …

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The Estonian Information System Authority asks businesses to report cyber attacks

The Estonian Information System Authority has issued a call to local businesses to report cyber incidents as it is the only way for the government to acquire a comprehensive overview of the threats present in the Estonian cyberspace and offer effective solutions to mitigate them. In the first six months …

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NATO soldiers cycle across Estonia in a show of unity

A team of Estonian, British and Danish soldiers and officers – part of the NATO battlegroup currently stationed in Estonia – cycle over 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) across the country in a show of unity. The tour, called “NATO Velo” started in Tartu, Estonia’s second largest town, on 15 August …

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The US completes a USD11 million European deterrence initiative project at Ämari Air Base in Estonia

The United States Air Forces in Europe has completed USD10.8 million worth of improvements to Estonia’s Ämari Air Base in July with European Deterrence Initiative funding. The Air Force partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers to construct a new tactical fighter apron adjacent to the runway that will …

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Estonia to provide €100,000 in support of those affected by Lebanon explosion

The Estonian government has decided to provide €50,000 in support of the operations of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in assisting those affected by the tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 4 August; the Estonian foreign ministry will donate a further €50,000 in …

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The Finnish media claims tens of Finns were infected with COVID-19 in Estonia – even though two Finns brought it with them from Finland

The Finnish public broadcasting, YLE, is trying to claim tens of Finns were infected with the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – while in Estonia; however, the group of Finns included two of their countrymen who brought the virus over from Finland. In an article, published on 7 August, YLE …

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Estonia's former ambassador to Finland, Harri Tiido. Photo by Mauri Ratilainen, the Finnish parliament.

The Estonian ambassador to Finland resigns in a protest against the government

The Estonian ambassador to Finland, Harri Tiido, resigned his post and is leaving the foreign service in a protest against the current government of Estonia. Tiido told the Finnish national broadcasting, Yle, that his worldview is so different from the current Estonian government’s that he had to leave his post …

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The towers of the Kremlin. Photo by Ivan Krylov, shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

The Estonian foreign ministry summons the Russian ambassador regarding the attempts to justify the Soviet occupation

On 23 July, the Estonian foreign ministry summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Estonia, Aleksandr Petrov, to explain Russia’s recent attempts to depict the occupation and annexation of Estonia by the Soviet Union as legitimate. In recent days, the Russian embassy in Tallinn has published a series of …

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Eighty years since the US refusal to accept the annexation of Estonia

On 23 July 1940, the United States’ acting Secretary of State, Sumner Welles, issued a declaration that condemned the Soviet Union’s aggression against Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; it became to be known as the Welles Declaration and for the next 51 years, it formed the basis for the American refusal …

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