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Reflections on the Wales summit and the making of future NATO

Last week’s NATO summit in Newport, Wales, featured the largest gathering of world leaders in the history of the United Kingdom, and not without good reason. Transatlantic security is being challenged around its perimeter by brutal civil wars and undeclared stealth invasions, by resurgent state adversaries as well as nascent …

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Russia kidnapping Estonians is nothing new: 46 of them were abducted in the thirties

In light of the recent kidnapping of an Estonian security police officer by the Russian FSB, it may be worthwhile to take a look in the past. We may be shocked at the course of events in the last few days – and we may be especially astonished at the …

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US President Barack Obama in Tallinn: NATO will defend Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

The US President pledged on Wednesday in a speech given in the Estonian capital Tallinn that NATO would defend its Baltic allies against possible Russian threat. US President’s speech in full. Full transcript of Barack Obama’s speech, as provided by Federal News Service (www.fednews.com). PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: (Applause.) Thank you. …

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LIVE STREAM: US President Obama delivers a public speech in Estonia

US President Barack Obama delivers a public speech at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn on 3 September 2014. Note that Barack Obama has now concluded with his remarks. You can watch his speech again by dragging the counter along the timeline at 8:00 to replay. I Cover photo: Barack …

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Estonia to help create a new 10,000 strong NATO rapid deployment force

Estonia and six other states are to create a new joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 personnel to improve NATO’s rapid deployment ability. The new expeditionary force will be led by the United Kingdom. In order to start preparations for creation of the new expeditionary force, the Estonian Defence …

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NATO plans East European bases to counter Russian threat

NATO is to deploy its forces at new bases in Eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, from causing trouble in the Baltic states, the alliance’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told The Guardian newspaper. According to …

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Lessons identified in Crimea – does Estonia‘s national defence model meet our needs?

The annexation of Crimea in late February 2014 raises a number of questions about whether Estonia’s own national defence system is adequate. The military part of the national defence development plan approved last year states that Estonia can only benefit from units that consist of trained personnel and possess the …

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Mart Nutt: Ethnic Russians in the Baltics are not persecuted – is Putin preparing for aggression against NATO?

Along with the incredible amount of propaganda and demagogy with which Russia justifies aggression against Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea, all the more frequently you will hear of attacks on other countries as well, which have large Russian communities due to historic reasons. It is possible to influence the …

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Biden: US ready to raise military presence in the Baltics

US Vice President Joe Biden has said the United States is ready to raise its military presence in the Baltics amid Russian aggression in Crimea. Biden told Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia, in Warsaw, Poland on 18 March that in addition to the six American F-15 aircraft in Lithuania that …

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