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A former Estonian military officer found guilty of treason

A former Estonian military officer and his father have been found guilty of committing treason by spying for Russia. The court in Tallinn, Estonia, on 11 February found the 38-year-old Deniss Metsavas, a former major in the Estonian Defence Forces, and his father, 65-year-old Pjotr Volin, guilty of treason for …

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The Estonian defence forces to receive new equipment and better pay

The Estonian ministry of defence has approved its development plan for 2020-2023 that, according to the ministry, will raise the country’s combat capabilities and readiness. The minister of defence, Jüri Luik, said in a statement that in the centre of the development plan are the people who serve in the …

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Andres Kasekamp: Why Narva is not next

Since the annexation of Crimea, the question of whether “Narva is next?” has been on analysts’ lips; Andres Kasekamp, Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu, argues otherwise.* Since the annexation of Crimea, the question of whether “Narva is next?” has been on analysts’ lips. The international media has descended …

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Belgian troops join the UK-led battle group in Tapa, Estonia

Belgian troops have taken over the responsibility from the Danish contingent at the Tapa military camp and joined the UK-led battle group. The Belgian contingent has nearly 300 troops and they are from the Chasseur Ardennais battalion. The Belgians brought nearly 100 vehicles with them, including armoured personnel carriers Piranha. …

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Estonian and Finnish defence ministers commemorate the dead of the War of Independence

The defence ministers of Estonia and Finland on 3 January commemorated the fallen of the Estonian War of Independence in the Estonian town of Kuusalu. The ministers remembered the crucial battles of the war that took place 100 years ago, laid wreaths at the Kuusalu cemetery and dedicated a headstone …

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SecDef James Mattis greets the Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik, at the Pentagon on 7 March 2018.

Estonian officials: Mattis’s departure from the Defense Department is bad news

According to Estonian officials, the resignation of James Mattis, the US defence secretary, is bad news for Estonia and the rest of the allies. The chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament, Marko Mihkelson said that Mattis’s departure is bad news for the US allies because it …

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Estonians believe their country is protected – survey

According to a public opinion survey, the Estonian people’s stance towards life has improved, they feel the country is protected and national defence is well organised. The results of the survey, carried out in the autumn of 2018, have revealed that in the opinion of two thirds of the respondents, …

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Estonia’s first cybersecurity ambassador among the shapers of Europe

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonia’s first ambassador at large for cybersecurity, has been nominated by the Politico magazine as one of the 28 people shaping, shaking and stirring Europe – placing her at number four among the “doers”. “Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar wants to write the rules of cyber conflict,” the magazine says. “As …

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Argo Ideon: Estonia owes a debt of gratitude to George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on 30 November at the age of 94, was the American head of state during the period when Estonia restored its independence, and Estonia owes a debt of gratitude for America’s consistent support, Estonian journalist Argo Ideon writes. During the presidency of George …

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