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Satellite images show potential Russian military buildup near Baltics

New satellite images show Russia is possibly upgrading its military installations in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave right near the Baltic states, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the Estonian border. The satellite images were exclusively obtained by the CNN and they show Russia appears to upgrade four of its military …

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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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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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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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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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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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The unpredictable future of the Nordic-Baltic region

The triple menace of Russian revanchist, American opportunist and eurozone disintegrative tendencies does not bode well for future prospects of the Nordic-Baltic region, the Icelandic diplomat and former foreign minister, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, writes. The prospects for the Nordic-Baltic (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden – editor) …

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Ethnic Russians who have become Estonian citizens form an increasing share of the Defence League

Not only are ever more ethnic Russians choosing to become Estonian citizens, but they are joining the ranks of the Kaitseliit, the Estonian Defence League that until recently many Russian speakers viewed as an Estonian nationalist organisation that was profoundly anti-Russian. This development, chronicled by the Russian journalist, Yevgeniya Volokhonskaya, …

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Internal Security Service: the Kremlin tries to prevent the integration of Russian-speaking youth in Estonia

According to the 2017 annual review of the Estonian Internal Security Service, the country’s greatest problem in ensuring national security is still the threat to the constitutional order that arises from the Kremlin’s divisive policies, including the ones focussed on young Russian-speaking people in Estonia. The Internal Security Service says …

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