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Estonia joins 26 other countries in a statement regarding Uyghurs and Hong Kong

Estonia has joined 26 other countries in a statement expressing concern with the treatment of Uyghurs by China and the situation of human rights in Hong Kong after China imposed new legislation on the special administrative region to crack down the opposition. The joint declaration, delivered in Geneva to the …

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The role of the United States in the restoration of Estonia’s independence

The US policy of not recognising the annexation of the Baltic states formed an international anchor which fostered the hope that justice would one day prevail, and strongly influenced the behaviour of other Western states for 50 years.* The Welles Declaration My experience is that the US – the biggest Western …

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Agencies detect elevated radioactivity levels in the Baltic Sea region

Different agencies have detected unexplained elevated levels of radioactive isotopes around the Baltic Sea region. The Estonian Environmental Board said that its Harku radiation monitoring station detected very small amounts of cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 isotopes. An advisor at the radiation department of the Environmental Board, Teet Koitjärv said …

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Patrik Maldre: The state of Estonia’s cyber security

Patrik Maldre, a cyber security expert, takes a look at the Estonian government’s recently published report, “Cyber Security in Estonia” and states that Estonia continues to take substantial strides in the cyber security field both domestically and internationally. For more than a decade, Estonia has been focused on cyber security …

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Estonia contributes €50,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Sudan

The Estonian government has decided to contribute €50,000 to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Sudan, a country in northeastern Africa. On the initiative of Germany and in cooperation with the United Nations, the European Union and Sudan, a high-level partnership conference on Sudan was held on 26 June. Estonia participated …

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The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols in Moscow on 23 August 1939.

Estonia summons the Russian ambassador over the initiative to revoke the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

The Estonian foreign ministry on 18 June summoned the Russian ambassador to Estonia, Alexander Petrov, regarding the recent initiative in the Russian State Duma to revoke the resolution adopted on 24 December 1989, unanimously condemning the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols. “We express our discontent at the legal initiative …

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Estonia’s successful presidency of the UN Security Council

May 2020 was a historical month for Estonia – for the first time, the country held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council; Estonia’s presidency happened during the COVID-19 crisis, a turbulent time in the whole world, and brought many lessons and achievements – Estonian World looks back at …

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Estonia and Finland celebrate the 100th anniversary of their diplomatic relations

On 8 June, Estonia and Finland celebrated the 100th anniversary of their diplomatic relations by symbolically signing a document of recognition. The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, and his Finnish colleague, Pekka Haavisto, symbolically signed the historical document of recognition of the diplomatic relations between Estonia and Finland in Tallinn …

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The Estonian Navy to participate in a large-scale NATO exercise

The Estonian Navy on 5 June departed for Baltops (Exercise Baltic Operations), a large-scale military training in the Baltic Sea in which altogether 19 NATO member states take part. The exercise will happen from 7-16 June and Estonia is contributing 80 sailors and divers to the training. The Estonian Navy …

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