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  • Ukraine and Estonia to hold joint military exercises in 2017

    Ukraine and Estonia are considering the possibility of holding joint military exercises in 2017. This was discussed during a meeting between the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, and his Estonian counterpart, Hannes Hanso, which was held in Kiev on the 24th of August. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry.

    “The General of the Army of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, discussed the importance of the development and continuation of cooperation between the defense …

  • Merkel: The situation with the Minsk Agreements remains complicated

    The situation with the regard to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements remains complicated. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in Tallinn on the 24th of August.

    “The situation with the implementation of the Minsk Agreements is extremely complicated. We have not achieved everything that we wanted,” she said, adding that “it's necessary to find a way out together and I hope that with joint efforts, …

  • Estonia and Latvia to demand compensation from Russia for Soviet occupation

    Estonia and Latvia will demand indemnification from the Soviet occupation from Russia. Postimees reported that this was announced during a round table meeting with the participation of Estonian and Latvian experts who are dedicated to the issue of damages caused by the occupation by the Soviet Union, and consequently the legal successor, which is Russia.

    According to the Minister of Justice of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu, because the state is now independent, they should also assume responsibility …

  • Former Estonian PM: Compared to Ukraine, Estonia 'got off easy'

    The pattern of events in Ukraine is similar to those of Estonia around the statue of the Soviet soldier—the so-called “bronze night”—several years before it was dismantled. However, the price that the Estonian community had to pay was relatively low. Former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip expressed these sentiments to DELFI.

    “This tension lasted for years. It has been stoked deliberately for many years and this is a culmination. If we had not solved this problem in 2007, the price that …

  • Wounded Ukrainian soldiers arrive in Estonia for treatment

    Five injured Ukrainian soldiers arrived in Estonia for medical rehabilitation, Postimees reported.

    The servicemen had been wounded fighting against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    This is the fifth group of servicemen from the Ukrainian Army undergoing treatment in Estonia. Since last year, 28 soldiers have undergone medical rehabilitation in Estonia at the expense of Tallinn.

    Similarly, Lithuania is planning on hosting 50 wounded Ukrainian soldiers this year while they undergo …

  • Estonian Air Force: US may deploy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the Baltic

    The Commander of the Estonian Air Force, Colonel Jaak Tarien, stated that U.S. fifth generation F-35 fighter jets could soon be deployed in the Baltic States. According to him, the aircraft will be invisible to the Russian anti-aircraft defense system in Kaliningrad.

    “This aircraft is called a flying supercomputer. For example, the F-35 can stay invisible to the Russian anti-aircraft defense system that is located in the Kaliningrad region,” Tarien noted. According to him, if F-35 fighter jets …

  • Polish soldiers arrive in Estonia

    On Thursday, an infantry company from the Armed Forces of Poland arrived in Estonia, as reported by Postimees, citing a statement released by the headquarters of the Estonian Defense Forces.

    The 5th Company of the 7th Motorized Battalion of the 17th Motorized Infantry Brigade will stay in Estonia until July 31 to develop cooperation with Estonian soldiers and other allies in Estonia.

    The company, reinforced by armored personnel carriers, is made up of nearly 150 servicemen. Polish soldiers …

  • Estonian citizen to be extradited to Ukraine for fighting in the Donbas

    An Estonian citizen who is suspected of fighting on the side of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Polyakov, will be extradited to Ukraine, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    This was announced on Friday after the Estonian Supreme Court did not approve Polyakov’s appeal.

    "I am disappointed and now only hope that the government of Ukraine will fulfill the Minsk Agreements and grant amnesty to all combatants on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. If this happens, …

  • Estonia suggests strengthening NATO's naval and air forces in the Baltics

    The Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Riho Terras, is of the opinion that NATO’s decision to deploy one battalion of ground forces to Poland and one to the Baltic countries is insufficient and that more thought should be given to strengthening deterrent forces at sea and in the air, Postimees reported.Terras made this statement at the meeting with the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, General Curtis Scaparrotti, that took …

  • Estonian PM: The constant presence of NATO troops should become the norm in our country

    The constant presence of NATO troops in the country should become a new reality for Estonia. Interfax reports that the Prime Minister of Estonia and Leader of the Reform Party, Taavi Rõivas, made statements to that effect at the recent Reform Party meeting.

    According to Rõivas, defense and allied relations should be strengthened because the security environment has become unstable and unpredictable and many previous signs of threat have become a reality. “Russia acts like an aggressor, which …