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The Estonian government participates in a NATO strategic exercise

The Estonian government has taken part in a week-long NATO Crisis Management Exercise (CMX16) that consisted of five government sessions led by the prime minister and two National Defence Council sessions, led by the president. The participants of the exercise were the NATO headquarters, NATO Command Structure, allied capitals and …

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UPDATED: Estonian MPs call for the release of the detained Ukrainian pilot

Seventy-two members of the Estonian parliament have voted in favour to pass a statement in support of Nadiya Savchenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament and a military pilot, who is being illegally detained in Russia, demanding her release and return to Ukraine. A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee …

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Estonian intelligence: Russia biggest threat to the regional security

The Estonian Information Board – the country’s foreign intelligence service – warns in its “International Security and Estonia 2016” report that the policies of the current Russian government will remain the greatest threat of the military security of the Baltic Sea region in the near future; however, a Russian attack …

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VIDEO: Estonian company Milrem unveils a unique military ground vehicle

The Estonian defence solutions provider, Milrem, has unveiled the first-of-its-kind modular hybrid unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System). A multi-mission vehicle platform that can assist and replace soldiers on the battlefield in complex and hazardous tasks, THeMIS is able to reduce operational risks and work as …

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The UK to send warships and troops to help defend the Baltics

The United Kingdom is going to send five warships to the Baltics to help defend NATO’s eastern flank; the country will also contribute troops to a new 6,000-strong NATO force. Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary, said that increasing the country’s NATO contributions will send a strong message “to our …

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Think tank: NATO cannot currently successfully defend Estonia

At the moment, NATO cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members, including Estonia, RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank, says in its recent analysis. The think tank analysed a series of wargames conducted in the Baltics between the summer of 2014 and the spring of 2015, …

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Estonia helps increase Georgia’s cyber security capability

The Estonian Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with Georgia, has prepared a training and exercise package aimed at raising the southern European country’s cyber security capability. The two countries have opened an extensive cyber related series of trainings in Georgia, in order to ensure the uninterrupted functioning of Georgian governmental …

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PICTURES: Estonian peacekeepers in Lebanon

Since May last year, Estonian peacekeepers have been based in border area, separating Lebanon and Israel, as part of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission. Estonian peacekeepers are conducting patrols; training and patrolling with the Lebanese Armed Forces as well as carrying out other peacekeeping duties from their base in Tiri, …

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