Security of Estonia

Estonia’s foreign intelligence: Russia the main external threat

According to the annual report of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service, the main external threat to Estonia is Russia and its behaviour. “The main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia’s behaviour, which undermines the international order,” the 2019 annual report says. “Russia conducts its foreign policy by demonstrating …

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Estonia awards 600 British troops for their service

Estonia awarded mission medals to nearly 600 British troops from the Yorkshire regiment, currently serving with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia, for their excellent service with the battle group stationed in Tapa. The Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik, thanked the soldiers from the Yorkshire regiment, who will …

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UK to deploy deadly Apache helicopters in Estonia

The UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced that the British Army’s Wildcat and Apache helicopters will be deployed in Estonia in 2019. Williamson made the announcement at a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels. The British Army aircraft will provide aviation training opportunities to NATO allies during Estonia’s …

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The Estonian defence forces to receive new equipment and better pay

The Estonian ministry of defence has approved its development plan for 2020-2023 that, according to the ministry, will raise the country’s combat capabilities and readiness. The minister of defence, Jüri Luik, said in a statement that in the centre of the development plan are the people who serve in the …

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Andres Kasekamp: Why Narva is not next

Since the annexation of Crimea, the question of whether “Narva is next?” has been on analysts’ lips; Andres Kasekamp, Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu, argues otherwise.* Since the annexation of Crimea, the question of whether “Narva is next?” has been on analysts’ lips. The international media has descended …

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Estonians believe their country is protected – survey

According to a public opinion survey, the Estonian people’s stance towards life has improved, they feel the country is protected and national defence is well organised. The results of the survey, carried out in the autumn of 2018, have revealed that in the opinion of two thirds of the respondents, …

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A Belgian armoured manoeuvring unit is to be deployed to Estonia

In the beginning of 2019, a Belgian armoured manoeuvring unit of 200 troops will be stationed in Estonia; the troops will join the NATO battle group stationed in Tapa. According to the Estonian ministry of defence, the Belgians will be stationed in Estonia for five months, after which they will …

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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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