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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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Mattis: Estonia, Denmark, the Netherlands will provide cyber contributions to help NATO

The US defence secretary, James Mattis, said Estonia, the US, the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands will provide national cyber contributions to help NATO fight against cyberattacks. Mattis said to reporters at a meeting of NATO defence ministers on 3 October that the US will make its cyber warfare capabilities …

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US blacklists two Estonian companies for supplying Russia with prohibited electronics

The United States Department of Commerce has blacklisted two Russian-led Estonian companies, Eastline Technologies and Adimir, for supplying electronics prohibited for export to Russia from the US. The Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement confirmed to Estonian World that Eastline Technologies and Adimir were added to the Denied Parties …

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James D Melville. Photo: US embassy in Estonia

Former US ambassador to Estonia: cosying up to Putin “a historic mistake”

The former US ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, explains in an op-ed published in the Washington Post on 3 October his reasons for stepping down from his post and leaving the US foreign service, delivering a sharp criticism of the current US administration and saying it’s a historic mistake to …

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Minimum penalty for the Spanish pilot who fired a missile in the Estonian airspace

The Spanish fighter pilot who accidentally fired an air-to-air missile into the Estonian airspace on 7 August has received the minimum penalty from the Spanish Air Force. The Spanish newspaper, El Pais, reported that the Spanish Air Force had imposed the minimum disciplinary sanction – one week’s pay or 14-day …

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Estonia ranks first in the world in the national cyber security index

Estonia ranks first in the newly published national cyber security index, having improved its ranking by two places since March 2018. Estonia jumped two places after an update by the country’s ministry of defence, notifying the national cyber security index team of the recent establishment of the Cyber Command at …

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Estonia to buy a $9 million unmanned aircraft system

Estonia is to buy a $9 million small unmanned aircraft system from an American company; the Puma AE II system should be delivered in early 2019. The US department of defense said in a statement that AeroVironment Inc, a California-based company, has been awarded an $8,868,341 firm-fixed-price contract of providing …

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Walmart dumps items with Soviet symbols

The American retail giant, Walmart, has removed items with Soviet symbolism from its website after protests from many European politicians. The merchandise, bearing the hammer and sickle symbol, was being sold on the Walmart website by a third-party company, not the retail giant itself. However, after a number of protests …

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Russia threatened to use nukes against the Baltics – book

According to the newly-released book, “Fear” by the legendary journalist Bob Woodward, Russia warned the United States that it could use nuclear weapons against the Baltics. “Russia had privately warned [the US defence secretary Jim] Mattis that if there was a war in the Baltics, Russia would not hesitate to …

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