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The unpredictable future of the Nordic-Baltic region

The triple menace of Russian revanchist, American opportunist and eurozone disintegrative tendencies does not bode well for future prospects of the Nordic-Baltic region, the Icelandic diplomat and former foreign minister, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, writes. The prospects for the Nordic-Baltic (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden – editor) …

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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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Estonian-American admiral Edward Masso named the next US ambassador

US president Donald Trump announced his intent to name the retired rear admiral, Estonian-American Edward “Sonny” Masso as the next ambassador to Estonia. According to the White House, Masso is a decorated naval officer and the founder of Flagship Connection, a consulting company on business development, strategic planning and operations …

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VIDEO: Watch the A-10 Thunderbolt II land on Estonian highway

Ten American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, belonging to the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard, practiced landing and take off from an extension of a highway in northern Estonia. The landing and take-off exercise took place on 10 August on the extension of the Jägala-Käravete highway, a …

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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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Pence and Estonian PM discuss deploying the Patriot anti-missile defence system

The vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, and the Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, discussed the possibility of deploying the Patriot anti-missile defence system in Estonia. Ratas, having met Pence, who was visiting the tiny Nordic NATO member from 30-31 July, told the main news programme of the …

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Why the relationship between the US and Estonia matters

As the United States celebrates Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, the date on which the country formally separated from the British Empire, it’s timely to send good wishes from Estonia and be grateful for the American support throughout the years. On …

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Ex-president Ilves presents Estonia’s highest award to former US president Bush

The former president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, presented the former US president, George W. Bush, with the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, First Class, the highest award granted by Estonia. Ilves, while president, bestowed the decoration on Bush in 2012, but didn’t have a chance to present …

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