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Estonia hosts NATO flagship cyber defence exercise

NATO’s flagship cyber defence exercise, Cyber Coalition, one of the largest such exercises in the world, started on 27 November in Tartu, Estonia, aiming to test and train cyber defenders from across the alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks. The exercise, now in its eleventh year, …

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A new Estonian unit to begin serving in Mali

A new Estonian unit, Estpla-28, has arrived in the Gao military base in Mali to replace the previous Estonian unit, Estpla-26, that served in the French-led anti-terrorist mission, Operation Barkhane. The Estonian replacement unit arrived in Mali on 26 November. Its service will begin with a settling in period, during …

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A Belgian armoured manoeuvring unit is to be deployed to Estonia

In the beginning of 2019, a Belgian armoured manoeuvring unit of 200 troops will be stationed in Estonia; the troops will join the NATO battle group stationed in Tapa. According to the Estonian ministry of defence, the Belgians will be stationed in Estonia for five months, after which they will …

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Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam to be awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

The Estonian member of the European Parliament, Tunne Kelam, is to be awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will award the Medal of Freedom, alongside with Kelam, also to the former president of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, and …

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Estonia calls up 1,248 reservists for a snap military exercise

The Estonian government has called 1,248 reservists for a snap military exercise called Okas 2018 (Thorn 2018). At the proposal of the commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, reservists assigned to the 51st Logistics Battalion of the Support Command, including those assigned to the unit’s mobilisation reserve, have been called …

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US senators at the meeting with the Estonian defence minister, Jüri Luik, in Tallinn.

Republican senators visit Estonia, discuss the security situation

A delegation of American Republican senators visited Estonia on 25 October where they met with the minister of defence and discussed the security situation in the region and defence cooperation issues. The delegation was led by senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who, at the meeting with the Estonian defence minister, Jüri …

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Satellite images show potential Russian military buildup near Baltics

New satellite images show Russia is possibly upgrading its military installations in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave right near the Baltic states, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the Estonian border. The satellite images were exclusively obtained by the CNN and they show Russia appears to upgrade four of its military …

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Estonia and other EU countries push for sanctions for cyber attackers

Estonia, the UK, the Netherlands and other European Union countries are pushing for the EU’s sanctions regime to include cyber attacks after the alleged attempts by Russian and Chinese operatives to break into the computer systems of European agencies. The European Union has sanctions protocols targeting countries that violate nuclear …

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Estonia to procure long-range anti-tank weapons

Estonia is to procure €40 million worth of long-range anti-tank weapons systems. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment said on 12 October that it is to buy at least 18 weapons systems with ammunition. The potential supplier also has to supply auxiliary equipment, provide technical support and also training. “The …

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Russian economist: Putin more likely to move against Belarus, not Estonia

Vladislav Inozemtsev, a Russian economist, said that even though many in the West believe Russia will in the future seek to occupy part of one of the Baltic countries as it occupied part of Ukraine, the more likely scenario is it’ll seek to absorb Belarus rather than attack Narva, Estonia. …

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