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Estonia’s Victims of Communism Memorial used for a BMW photo shoot

An unidentified violator conducted a photo shoot with a BMW at the memorial to the victims of communism in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The unauthorised photo shoot was noted by passers-by on the evening of 8 July. The entrance of the long and wide corridor in the middle of the …

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Estonian cyber expert Merle Maigre awarded the French National Order of Merit

The Estonian cyber security expert, Merle Maigre, has been awarded the French National Order of Merit by the government of France. The award was presented to Maigre, currently working as a senior cyber security expert at the Estonian e-Governance Academy, by the French ambassador to Estonia, Éric Lamouroux. “The National …

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The role of the United States in the restoration of Estonia’s independence

The US policy of not recognising the annexation of the Baltic states formed an international anchor which fostered the hope that justice would one day prevail, and strongly influenced the behaviour of other Western states for 50 years.* The Welles Declaration My experience is that the US – the biggest Western …

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The Estonian president appointed a UN role

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, has been appointed the first global advocate for “every woman every child” by the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres. Kaljulaid was appointed at her meeting with Guterres at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York City; the appointment lasts two years. “In a time of complex …

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The British Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, called the Red Arrows, displaying an airshow over Tallinn Bay on 23 June 2021. Photo by the Estonian Defence Forces.

Gallery: British Red Arrows air acrobats performing a show in Tallinn

On the Estonian Victory Day, 23 June, the British Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, called the Red Arrows, displayed an airshow over Tallinn Bay. The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. …

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British Red Arrows air acrobats to perform a show in Tallinn on 23 June

On the Estonian Victory Day, June 23, the British Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, called the Red Arrows, will display an airshow over Tallinn Bay. On the morning of the same day, the Red Arrows will fly over the Victory Day parade in Paide, in which the soldiers of the …

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Estonian prime minister meets president Biden at the NATO summit

The Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas, on 14 June met with the new US president, Joe Biden, at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium; the US head of state affirmed strong support for Estonia. Kallas met with Biden together with the Latvian president, Egils Levits, and the Lithuanian president, Gitanas …

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The European Council calls upon all airlines to avoid flying over Belarus

After the state-sponsored act of terrorism on 23 May in Belarus where the country’s dictatorship deceived a commercial aircraft to land in Minsk and kidnapped a Belarusian journalist, the European Council – of which Estonia is a member of – the day after called on all European Union-based airlines to …

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Updated: Estonia’s ambassador to France summoned back, criminal investigation launched

Clyde Kull, the Estonian ambassador to France, has been summarily recalled from his duties; the Estonian Prosecutor’s Office said it had launched a criminal investigation against the former ambassador. The order to call the ambassador back was signed by the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, on 20 May. In addition to …

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Estonian cruise ship Silja Europa to accommodate security staff during G7 summit in the UK

MS Silja Europa, owned by the Estonian shipping company, Tallink, will be moored in Falmouth, UK, and used by the British police to accommodate about 1,000 officers who will help safeguard the G7 summit in Cornwall this June. “In order to secure further essential capacity, we reviewed a number of options and …

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