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Nordic-Baltic foreign ministers: Russia needs to be held accountable for Crimea

The foreign ministers of Nordic and Baltic countries have issued a powerful statement on the second anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, confirming their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and saying that Russia needs to be held accountable for its crimes. The statement by the foreign ministers: “Today, two …

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UPDATED: Estonian MPs call for the release of the detained Ukrainian pilot

Seventy-two members of the Estonian parliament have voted in favour to pass a statement in support of Nadiya Savchenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament and a military pilot, who is being illegally detained in Russia, demanding her release and return to Ukraine. A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee …

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Think tank: NATO cannot currently successfully defend Estonia

At the moment, NATO cannot successfully defend the territory of its most exposed members, including Estonia, RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank, says in its recent analysis. The think tank analysed a series of wargames conducted in the Baltics between the summer of 2014 and the spring of 2015, …

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Andres Simonson: Estonians everywhere, make some шум (noise)

If not maybe for a fortuitous NATO membership, is it too far fetched to imagine a Russian-backed war of aggression and influence in Estonia instead of Ukraine? Шум is Ukrainian for noise, and Estonians need to make some. It is wonderful to read about all the remarkable advances in Estonia’s …

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Angela Merkel: Baltic states will be protected from Russia

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has reiterated intention to protect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from Russia’s aggression if necessary. In an interview to German newspaper Die Welt’s Sunday edition, Merkel reiterated intention to give three Baltic states military assistance in case they are threatened by Russia. “The question of war …

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Andres Simonson: What if Putin were my neighbour?

Countries neighboring Vladimir Putin are rightfully nervous about current geopolitical affairs. However, countries not sharing a border with Vladimir Putin should be nervous as well.     I live in the United States and my neighbours are ethnic Russians. Nice folks, and the type of neighbours you’d choose if it weren’t for …

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Protocols confirm Estonian border violation by Russia

The Estonian Police and Boarder Guard on Wednesday published the protocol that confirms a border violation by Russia during the abduction of the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver on 5 September. In the protocol, both Estonian and Russian border guards confirm the border violation took place on the Estonian side. Estonia …

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The Red Army entering Estonia in October 1939, effectively occupying the country. Today's Russia behaves frighteningly similarly to the Soviet Union in the thirties.

Sten Hankewitz: Kidnapping of Estonian officer is political – as is everything related to Russia

On 5 September, operatives of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) illegally entered the territory of the Republic of Estonia, a member of NATO and the European Union, and kidnapped by force an officer of the Internal Security Service (ISS) of Estonia. The facts we know today tell us the …

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