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A high-ranking Estonian defence officer arrested for treason

Deniss Metsavas, a former officer in the Estonian Defence Forces, has been arrested in Estonia on suspicion of passing state secrets to the GRU, the foreign military intelligence agency of the Russian armed forces. Metsavas and his father, Pjotr Volin, were arrested by the Estonian Internal Security Service (known as kapo in Estonia) …

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Jürgen Ligi: McCain could’ve said, “I’m an Estonian”

The Estonian member of parliament and a former foreign minister, Jürgen Ligi, writes in his obituary for the late US senator John McCain that he was the type who could have said, “I’m an Estonian”. John McCain was the American who could have come and shouted, “I’m an Estonian”. Estonia …

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An Estonian infantry unit arrives in Mali to fight terrorists

An Estonian infantry unit, Estpla-26, has arrived in Mali to join the French-led anti-terrorist mission, Operation Barkhane. The Estonian parliament mandated mission earlier this year after an invitation from the French government. According to Major General Martin Herem, the chief of staff of the Estonian military command, the mission is …

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A Spanish fighter jet accidentally launches an air-to-air missile in the Estonian air space

A Spanish Eurofighter jet accidentally launched an air-to-air missile in the Estonian air space on 7 August. The incident occurred on 7 August at 3:44 PM EEDT near the town of Otepää in a temporarily segregated area. The missile’s direction was north and its exact trajectory, location and fate is …

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Estonia is looking to develop unmanned land systems with EU partners

Estonia, together with the ministries of defence of Finland and Latvia, is planning to develop unmanned land systems within the framework of the European Union’s Permanent Structured Cooperation. “The same considerable growth that we saw with unmanned aerial vehicles 10-15 years ago can be expected in the near future for …

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American destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill arrives in Tallinn

The American destroyer, USS Winston S. Churchill, arrived in Tallinn, pulling into the Muuga harbour on 23 July; the port call is aimed at strengthening the relationship between Estonia and the US. The arrival of the destroyer is a routine port call, also aiming to help maintain a safe and …

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Russians dismiss the Estonian claim that a Russian attack would fail in Tallinn

Estonian colonel Riho Ühtegi recently told a Western outlet that Russian invaders may get to the Estonian capital in two days, but “they will die in Tallinn”; however, Russian analysts have dismissed Ühtegi’s claims. Colonel Riho Ühtegi, the commander of Estonia’s special forces, told a Western outlet that any Russian invasion …

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Typhoon aircraft arrival at the Amari Air Base in Estonia as the prepare to start a period of Baltic Air Policing. Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

Air defence the most critical gap in the Baltics’ military capabilities – report

Air defence is the biggest and most critical gap in military capabilities in the Baltic region – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are able to defend only a handful of locations for a short period of time, and there are no standing NATO air defence assets in the region to supplement …

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