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LIVE STREAM: US President Obama delivers a public speech in Estonia

US President Barack Obama delivers a public speech at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn on 3 September 2014. Note that Barack Obama has now concluded with his remarks. You can watch his speech again by dragging the counter along the timeline at 8:00 to replay. I Cover photo: Barack …

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Estonia to help create a new 10,000 strong NATO rapid deployment force

Estonia and six other states are to create a new joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 personnel to improve NATO’s rapid deployment ability. The new expeditionary force will be led by the United Kingdom. In order to start preparations for creation of the new expeditionary force, the Estonian Defence …

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German jets take to Estonian skies to protect the Baltics

Germany will be taking over the responsibility of supporting the Baltic Air Policing mission from Ämari Air Base in Estonia. From September until end of the year, up to six Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoon jets will patrol the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in coordination with NATO fighter jets already …

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NATO plans East European bases to counter Russian threat

NATO is to deploy its forces at new bases in Eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, from causing trouble in the Baltic states, the alliance’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told The Guardian newspaper. According to …

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President Obama to visit Estonia in September

US President Barack Obama will visit Estonia in September; according to the White House, the visit is designed to “further enhance the strong relations between the two countries and to affirm America’s commitment” to the Baltic states. In Tallinn, Obama will meet with Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves as well …

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10 pictures from the Estonian Air Force 95th anniversary air show

In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Estonian Air Force, an international air show was organised at the Ämari Air Force Base, with flight demonstrations from top pilots as well as a display of aircraft from nine NATO allied and partner nations. F-16 fighters from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, …

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President Ilves: Estonia has a “revanchist and revisionist neighbour”

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s speech at the Estonian Victory Day celebration on 23 June in Valga. Today ninety-five years ago the Estonian forces, together with Latvian units, defeated our common enemy, known as the Landeswehr, in the Battle of Võnnu. The Cēsu kaujas. But let us call the Landeswehr – …

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Attacks on Estonia’s e-voting are political rather than technical

Just days before the European Parliament election in May, the Estonian society was rocked by allegations in The Guardian newspaper of the inherent security flaws in the well-established e-voting system. For all in the know, as well as probably a large majority of the country, the shock was not about …

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