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Estonia joins a UK-led joint force to tackle common threats

The United Kingdom will be at the forefront of a high-readiness force that includes Estonia. On 30 November, the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon, committed the UK to a leading role in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which will include Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway, and could …

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Nordic defence cooperation and the Russian threat

Michael Lambert explores the state of Nordic defence cooperation in light of recent Russian aggression. Military cooperation between Northern European countries has been difficult to implement, especially because of diverging interests among countries bordering the Baltic Sea. This unique space includes Russia and its military outpost located in the oblast …

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Photos: F-22 Raptors in Estonia

Two United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors recently landed at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, as part of their European mission. This forward deployment of the Raptors was part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe and is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, which provides support to bolster …

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US to station 250 tanks in six countries, including Estonia

The United States defence secretary, Ashton Carter, announced during his visit to Tallinn on Tuesday that Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland will host heavy military equipment, including 250 tanks, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers. The move is seen as part of the attempt to reassure the …

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The No Tears project – 16 portraits of the Estonian Defence League men and women

Recently, a Lithuanian actress and TV host, Beata Tiskevic-Hasanova, and a photographer and political science student, Neringa Rekasiute, used photography to approach a controversial topic in their country – military conscription, which was reinstated by the Lithuanian government just a few months ago, in response to Russia’s aggression in the …

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