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The Estonian government: the EU needs unity at UK exit talks

Having discussed the results of the UK referendum at the cabinet’s unscheduled session, convened in the wake of British people’s majority decision to leave the EU, the Estonian government has agreed on the country’s standpoint, saying that the European Union has to act in a coordinated manner at the exit …

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US and Estonia sign a defence research agreement

Estonia and the United States signed an agreement last week, reinforcing cooperation in research, development, testing and evaluation activities between the US defence department and the Estonian ministry of defence. The agreement was signed by the deputy assistant secretary of defence for Europe and NATO, Jim Townsend, and the Estonian …

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Estonia celebrates Victory Day

Victory Day, celebrated annually on 23 June, marks the anniversary of a crucial military victory against foreign forces in 1919; the Midsummer Eve celebration on the same night will see thousands of bonfires lighting up the sky across Estonia. Victory Day (Võidupüha) marks the decisive battle during the Estonian War …

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NATO to deploy a battalion to Estonia to help defend the country

NATO allies are to deploy four multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to help deter any potential Russian threat to the region. Reuters reported on Tuesday that the UK, the US and Germany agreed to send a battalion each, “to help deter any show of force such as …

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Report: NATO should deploy a “battalion-plus” battle group to Estonia

NATO should deploy, as a minimum, a multinational “battalion-plus” battle group with a range of enablers and force multipliers in each of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – according to a recent report by the International Centre for Defence and Security. The report, titled “Closing NATO’s Baltic …

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Staying ahead of the threats: Estonia’s cyber security in 2015

The multi-week denial-of-service attacks in 2007 catapulted Estonia to worldwide attention in the field of cyber security. Since then, criminals, hacktivists, soldiers and spies from near and far have continued to maintain an interest in undermining Estonia’s networked society. Yet they have had no such luck. Every year, Estonia’s flagship …

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LIVE: The Lennart Meri Conference – ten years of leading the discussion on international affairs

Entitled “Shaping the New Normal”, the 10th Lennart Meri Conference (LMC) will focus on the future of Europe and the West from 13-15 May when outstanding analysts and policymakers gather in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The annual conference was first held in 2007 as a commemorative event for the late …

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