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French nationalist Marine Le Pen visits Estonia

Shortly after the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party was included in the country’s government, the French nationalist populist politician, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally party, came to Estonia for a visit. The National Rally party is known as a right-wing populist and nationalist political party in …

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Estonian transportation startup Bolt launches in Russia

The Tallinn-based transportation platform, Bolt, formerly known as Taxify, started operations in Russia on 18 April by launching its ride-hailing services in the country’s second-largest city, St Petersburg. Bolt will offer competition in a market dominated by the Russia-based company, Yandex.Taxi. “Russia is a rapidly growing on-demand transportation marketplace. Bolt’s …

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The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, meeting with her Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin.

Kaljulaid discusses mutual relations with Putin

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, met with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on 18 April in Moscow; the two presidents discussed the mutual relations between the countries, economic cooperation and the international situation. The meeting between Kaljulaid and Putin lasted for two and a half hours. The heads of state …

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President Kaljulaid to meet her Russian colleague

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, is on 18 April going to meet her Russian colleague, president Vladimir Putin. Kaljulaid will travel to Moscow to inaugurate the renovated Estonian embassy in the city. Among the meetings the president will undertake during the visit is also one with Putin. The meeting between …

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Estonia’s foreign intelligence: Russia the main external threat

According to the annual report of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service, the main external threat to Estonia is Russia and its behaviour. “The main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia’s behaviour, which undermines the international order,” the 2019 annual report says. “Russia conducts its foreign policy by demonstrating …

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A former Estonian military officer found guilty of treason

A former Estonian military officer and his father have been found guilty of committing treason by spying for Russia. The court in Tallinn, Estonia, on 11 February found the 38-year-old Deniss Metsavas, a former major in the Estonian Defence Forces, and his father, 65-year-old Pjotr Volin, guilty of treason for …

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Eerik-Niiles Kross: the idea to declare Russian Orthodox Christmas a national holiday is more dangerous than it seems

The mayor of Tallinn, Taavi Aas (the Centre Party), has come up with the idea to declare the Russian Orthodox Christmas (celebrated according to the Julian calendar on 7 January) a national holiday in Estonia; security expert and a former MP Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform) writes that the idea is more …

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How to talk about and with Russia? Estonia has a thing or two to learn from Finland

Estonia should consider what it could learn from Finland on how to talk about and with Russia, Kristi Raik, the director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security, writes. This article was originally published in the International Centre for Defence and Security’s blog. Estonian-Finnish relations are …

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