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Estonia seventh in the yearly Russia’s “enemies” list

Estonia has “improved” its standing as one of the most important “enemies” of Russia, having positioned seventh in 2017 – two notches up from last year. The friends and enemies’ lists are compiled every year by the Levada Centre polling agency and are based on public opinion. The poll asks …

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Russia holds “anti-terrorist” drills at the Estonian and Latvian borders

Russia is holding what it calls an “anti-terrorist” airborne military drill at its border with Estonia and Latvia that involves 2,500 troops and 500 units of equipment. The large-scale drills that started on 5 July in the Pskov region are, according to the deputy commander of the Russian airborne forces, …

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Kauksi, Peipsi. Summertime by the freshwater sea of Peipsi. There’s no mist, but the color palette and overwhelming emptiness are similar. The shores of this huge lake that disconnects Estonia from Russia, have been more densely populated than our seashores. The weather here is calmer, less hostile than by the sea in general.

It is in Estonia’s national interest to enter into a border treaty with Russia – Marko Mihkelson

A grey area on the eastern border is not in Estonia’s interests, writes Marko Mihkelson, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament. A grey area on our eastern border is just like an open invitation for provocations, as we unfortunately experienced in 2014 when Eston Kohver …

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Celebrations in St Petersburg mark 100 years from the demonstration of Estonians

Celebrations will be held in St Petersburg, Russia, to mark the passing of 100 years from the demonstration of Estonians in support of their country’s autonomy. The 1917 Russian revolution and the generally unstable situation in the country created the opportunity for Estonians to demand self-governance. The impetus for independence …

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A Russian propaganda site incites breaking up Baltic countries

Arguing that the Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians are more russophobic than any other nation in the world, the Russian propaganda site, SputnikPogrom, outlines how Moscow must work to split up the three countries into smaller units dominated by ethnic and linguistic minorities to put them on course for reabsorption into …

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Ambassador Marmei: We need to recognise Russia’s threat to the whole world

The Estonian ambassador to the United States, Eerik Marmei, said in a testimony to the US senate subcommittee that we need to recognise the Russian threat beyond the Eastern flank of Europe. In a written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Marmei said …

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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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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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