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Estonia’s new defence development plan will increase investments in communication and awareness

The Estonian defence minister, Jüri Luik, has approved the new defence development plan for 2021-2024 that will increase investments in the development of situational awareness, communication capabilities and units. According to Luik, the plan focuses on manned and equipped combat units of the Defence Forces and the Defence League that …

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Exhibition of weapons after a children’s parade in Rostov-on-Don. Photo: screenshot from the report.

Estonian foreign intelligence: we’re particularly threatened by Russia

The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service says in its 2020 annual report that the country is particularly threatened by Russia whose leadership is aggressively and actively opposed to the democratic world order. The foreign intelligence says in its report, “International Security and Estonia”, that the world has not become a more secure …

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Foreign minister Reinsalu: Estonian foreign policy is centred on protecting national interests

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, said in his annual foreign policy address on 11 February that the country’s foreign policy is centred on protecting its national interests in the world. Reinsalu gave the annual foreign policy address at the Estonian parliament, presenting an overview of the main foreign policy …

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Estonia celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty

On 2 February 2020, Estonia is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty that ended the Estonian War of Independence, established the country’s eastern border and obligated Soviet Russia to recognise Estonian independence – the fact the Soviet Union ignored only 20 years later. The Tartu Peace Treaty, …

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Estonia is not to attend a Holocaust remembrance event in Israel

None of the Estonian leaders will represent the country in Israel at a high-level Holocaust remembrance event on 23 January even though almost all European Union member states will attend. The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, is currently in Antarctica with an expedition celebrating the bicentennial of the discovery of the …

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Reporters Without Borders expresses concerns about investigative journalism in Estonia

Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that conducts political advocacy on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press, has expressed “extreme” concern about investigative journalism in Estonia in the light of a crisis in Postimees, the country’s leading newspaper. Reporters Without Borders said in a 13 …

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Estonia and the US to build a joint platform for sharing cyber threat intelligence

Estonia and the United States have started a cooperation to build a joint platform for sharing cyber threat intelligence between the two countries. The platform will be developed by Cybernetica – the Estonian company known for the development of the country’s X-Road citizen’s portal and the internet voting system – and procured …

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Estonia allocates €50,000 to Australia to help bushfire victims

The Estonian ministry of foreign affairs has allocated €50,000 to the Australian Red Cross to support them in aiding disaster victims. At least 24 people have so far been killed and more than 6.3 million hectares (63,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) of bush, forest and parks have been …

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The US defence budget to allocate USD175 million to the Baltic countries

The United States will allocate USD125 million to develop military cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania next year; it will also create, for the first time in history, a separate USD50 million budget line to support the development of Baltic air defence. According to a statement by the Estonian ministry …

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