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Poland and Spain take over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing

Poland and Spain are taking over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission with Poland having already sent its aircraft to Šiauliai, Lithuania, and Spain deploying its aircraft to Ämari, Estonia. Poland took the lead of the Balti Air Policing mission on 2 May, succeeding the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The Polish …

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Speaker Ryan in Estonia: the US commitment to NATO is resolute

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, promised during his visit to Estonia that his country’s commitment to NATO is resolute and the US is ready to confront global security challenges, including those coming from Russia. Ryan visited Estonia on 22 April, leading a bipartisan delegation, during …

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RAF Typhoon fighter intercepting a Russian aircraft. Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

UK general: NATO needs “a grand strategy” to counter Russia

General Adrian Bradshaw, the United Kingdom’s most senior NATO commander and the alliance’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, has called on NATO to come up with “a grand strategy” to counter the threat Russia poses. Bradshaw told the BBC that much of Russia’s aggressive behaviour was about the country’s president …

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Estonia one of two European NATO members to reach the 2% defence spending target

In 2016, Estonia and Greece were the only NATO members in the European Union to reach the two per cent defence spending target, all other alliance members fell short of the goal. According to the UK-based think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Greece spent 2.4% and Estonia 2.2% …

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Estonian intelligence: Russia’s behaviour scares other European countries

Russia’s unpredictable and aggressive behaviour has made other countries in Europe fearful for their security, the Estonian Information Board – the country’s foreign intelligence agency – says in its annual report. In its second annual report, “Internal Security and Estonia 2017”, the Information Board says Russia poses a threat to …

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Putin orders Russia to prepare for a “time of war”

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered his country to prepare for a “time of war” after recent enforcement on the eastern flank of NATO, the British media reported. According to the Daily Mail and the Independent newspapers, Putin ordered a “snap check” of Russia’s armed forces to ensure they’re ready to fight. …

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The Czech Republic wants to participate in the defence of Estonia

The Czech Republic wants to take part in the defence of Estonia and send its troops to the country to reinforce the eastern flank of NATO next year. The Czech defence minister, Martin Stropnicky, said at a Visegrad Group meeting that his country would like to take part in an …

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UK’s Theresa May: Donald Trump is 100 per cent behind NATO

The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, confirmed after her meeting with the new US president, Donald Trump, that the latter is “100 per cent behind” NATO. May visited the new president in Washington, DC, on 27 January and at the press conference after the meeting, she said …

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US senators assure Estonia

Three US senators visited Estonia this week to assure Estonians that the United States and NATO remain committed to their defence. John McCain, a Republican senator of Arizona; Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator of South Carolina; and Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic senator from Minnesota, visited Estonia at the time when …

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