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Experts: Estonia has successfully integrated nearly 90% of its ethnic Russians

According to experts, Estonia has successfully integrated – either as citizens or loyal permanent residents – seven out of eight its ethnic Russians. Many in the West, especially in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have expressed concern that Moscow might use the 27 per cent of the Estonian …

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Russia only military threat to Estonia, but the threat is low – report

The only existential threat to the sovereignty of Estonia and the Baltic Sea states emanates from Russia; however, the threat of a direct Russian military attack on NATO member states in 2018 is low, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service said in its annual report. “As long as Russia is ruled …

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Russia names a fighter regiment after the Estonian capital

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has named a regiment of the Russian air force after the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The presidential order, dated 29 January 2018, says the 23rd fighter aviation regiment is to be named the “Tallinn regiment”. The move is certainly provocative towards Estonia, considering the Soviet air …

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Estonian general: Russia’s Zapad exercise was a practice attack against NATO

The commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, General Riho Terras, says the Russian Zapad military exercise in September 2017 was, in fact, a practice attack against NATO, including Estonia. Terras said in an interview with the German newspaper, Bild, that Russia had “simulated a large-scale military attack against NATO” under …

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The US to allocate USD5 million for radar equipment on the Estonian-Russian border

The United States will allocate USD5 million to support the construction of radar systems at the Estonian-Russian border to improve the frontier’s electronic surveillance. Andres Anvelt, the Estonian minister of the interior, said the construction of the country’s eastern border is important to Estonia, the European Union and NATO. “Therefore …

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Study: Russia is stepping up its electronic warfare efforts

According to a study by the International Centre for Defence and Security, Russia is stepping up its efforts to renew and modernise its electronic warfare inventory and procedures. The study, titled “Russia’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities to 2025: Challenging NATO in the Electromagnetic Spectrum”, examines how and why Russia’s military has …

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CIA documents: the West backed forest brothers in the Baltics

Some newly declassified CIA documents show that the US government provided limited covert assistance to the underground armed resistance groups that operated in the Baltic countries after the Soviet Union had occupied them during the Second World War. Many in the Baltic countries and elsewhere still celebrate the US non-recognition …

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Over half of Americans think the US should help the Baltics if they were attacked

Fifty-two per cent of Americans agree that the United States should help defend the Baltics if Russia were to attack them, according to a Chicago Council survey. This is the first time a majority of the US public would support using US troops to defend a Baltic NATO member. Also, …

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When Putin couldn’t take the truth spoken by Lennart Meri

The late Estonian president, Lennart Meri, once delivered a remarkable address in Hamburg, Germany, that caused the then-deputy mayor of St Petersburg, Vladimir Putin, to stomp out of the hall. Even Western leaders, who are distinguished by the boldness of their statements on other issues, appear reluctant to speak directly …

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