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Estonia allocates funds to help India fight coronavirus

Estonia is allocating €75,000 to India to help the country contain the severe new coronavirus wave it’s experiencing. “The situation is concerning because the rapid increase of infections has put the health-care system of the country under enormous pressure. Hospitals are lacking staff, beds, medicines and oxygen,” Estonia’s foreign minister, …

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Russian delegations, Putin could still attend the Finno-Ugric World Congress in Estonia

Tõnu Seilenthal, a member of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples, the coordinating body of the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, due to take place this summer in Tartu, Estonia, says in an interview with Estonian World that even if the Russian Federation creates an “iron curtain”, the results of …

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A screen grab from the Russian TV station, Rossiya 1, showing the supposedly leaked preliminary list of the countries that are "unfriendly" towards Russia.

Russia puts Estonia on the “unfriendly” countries’ list

The Russian authorities have started compiling a list of countries that are deemed “unfriendly” towards it – and Estonia is one of them. So far, the “unfriendly” countries’ list contains the US, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Georgia. Russian foreign policy analyst Maxim …

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The Kremlin likely behind Russia’s Finno-Ugric withdrawal statement

Oliver Loode, an Estonian human rights advocate of the indigenous Uralic peoples, says in an interview with Estonian World that the statement of the Association of the Finno-Ugric Peoples of the Russian Federation that called to boycott the next World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in Tartu, Estonia, is probably Kremlin’s work, with instructions …

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A map of Finno-Ugric people in Europe. Image by GalaxMaps, shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

Russia withdraws from the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples

The Association of the Finno-Ugric Peoples of the Russian Federation announced their representatives will not participate in the next World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, due to take place this June in Estonia; the association called into question the need for congresses in the future and blamed them for “interfering in …

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A defence against cyberattacks practiced in the world’s largest cyber exercise in Estonia

Over 20 teams practiced defence against large-scale cyberattacks in the Estonia-based Locked Shields exercise, organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, headquartered in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Altogether 22 blue teams, including a NATO alliance team, practised defence of complex IT networks in the event of a …

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The Estonian internal security: Russian espionage a permanent threat, China interested in Estonia

According to the 2020-2021 annual review by the Estonian Internal Security Service – colloquially known as kapo – Russian espionage against the country remained a continuous and permanent threat even during the coronavirus pandemic, although the spying is now done more in the cyberspace; Estonia is also facing the danger …

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Estonian and Russian foreign ministers discuss relations over a phone call

On 9 April, the Estonian foreign minister Eva-Maria Liimets spoke on the phone with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov; the ministers discussed bilateral relations and the international situation. “Estonia and Russia are neighbours and neighbours need to talk. Despite the fact that we have disagreements and our views on many …

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Estonia allocates €1.3 million for humanitarian aid in Syria

The Estonian government decided to allocate €1.3 million to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian civil war. The decision was announced by the country’s foreign minister, Eva-Maria Liimets, on 30 March. “The situation in Syria remains extremely bad – people suffer from widespread violence; thousands of people are detained …

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