Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Ukraine offers Estonia to join forces in opposing Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk offered the Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to intensify opposition to the development of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in a coordinated manner, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

    Honcharuk said that "it is critical that the EU member states would explain to their citizens the negative effects of the Nord Stream 2 construction project on European energy security." In response, Reinsalu noted the importance of …

  • Estonia voices support for Ukraine joining EU and NATO

    Estonia is in favor of Ukraine joining the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu at a press conference.

    “Estonia is the devoted friend of the Ukrainians, and fully supports [Ukraine] joining the political family of the European Union and NATO on the basis of objective reforms and transformation in the country,” the minister said.

    He added that Estonia will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and the eastern …

  • Estonian President: Russia's actions in Donbas and Crimea cannot be accepted

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid stated that Ukraine and the international community should look for ways to resolve the conflict in the Donbas, and the recent exchange of prisoners with Russia can be "a remarkable step in this process," reports the press service of the  Ukrainian President.

    "But this cannot happen at the cost of Ukraine's sovereignty," said Kaljulaid at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on September 13. The Estonian President also …

  • US rumored to have secret special forces base in Estonia

    The editorial board of Ochevidets (the eyewitness) claims that since 2014, the US has maintained a secret special forces base in Estonia, the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) reports.

    The presence of a secret US special forces base was first suspected after one of the journalists from Ochevidets supposedly obtained access to a Pentagon document which stated that Washington was allocating $15.7 million to Tallinn for a “specific facility”.

    “The foreign and local media has speculated for …

  • Estonian General: Sooner or later Russia will fall apart

    The Estonian Defense Ministry is not worried about Russia’s deployment of a helicopter base on Gogland Island in the Gulf of Finland, writes. In fact, when discussing this base, former Estonian Defense Forces Commander Ants Laaneots predicted the collapse of Russia.

    On Wednesday it was learned that Russia has established a helicopter base on Gogland Island in the Gulf of Finland which it intends to make permanent. Five helicopter pads and all the related infrastructure have been added …

  • Russian criminal group launders largest sum in Finland's history

    Two Estonian citizens were arrested in Finland on charges of laundering more than 100 million euros for a Russian organized criminal group, reports Yle TV channel.

    The money laundering was carried out with the assistance of the Finnish HTR Talonrakennus Oy construction company. Estonians, who led this firm, received charges of laundering 140 million criminal euros. Now the detainees deny their guilt, claiming that the money was allegedly intended for the construction of roads in Karelia.

    It …

  • Kremlin: Estonia’s non-recognition of Russian passports is a ‘humanitarian blockade of the Donbas’

    The Russian embassy in Tallinn has commented on a decision by the Estonian Foreign Ministry not to recognize Russian passports issued to inhabitants of the Ukrainian Donbas.

    “It is regrettable that Estonia continues to persistently fight to lead the race among EU countries on the anti-Russian track. We are convinced that the Estonian authorities’ effective participation in the humanitarian blockade of the Donbas, which for more than five years has been deprived of government and banking …

  • Estonia refuses to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

    Estonia does not recognize Russian passports issued to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are not under Ukraine’s control. Estonian Foreign Ministry made the relevant decision on Monday, August 5, as reported by the Ministry’s press service.

    "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the decision to not recognise the passports issued by the Russian Federation to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts after 24 April 2019, if the user of the passport was previously not a …

  • Russian warships and submarines spotted off Estonian coast

    53-year-old Finn Jari Muukkonen, who sailed from Tallinn to Helsinki, spotted off five warships and a submarine in the Gulf of Finland near Estonian territorial waters, reports Elu24 news outlet.

    Jari bongasi viisi sotalaivaa ja sukellusveneen Viron aluevesirajalla – ”Ei se ihan jokapäiväistä ole”

    — Ilta-Sanomat (@iltasanomat) July 31, 2019

    The man said that the ships belong to Russia, and he also made photos of them.

    "When our ship approached them, it became …

  • Two people convicted of spying for Russia in Lithuania

    Two men were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment in Lithuania on charges of espionage for Russia.

    Both defendants were found guilty of transmitting information to Russian intelligence and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison each, reports Deutsche Welle.

    The message of the General Prosecutor's office in Vilnius reports that two men, who were born in 1966 and 1961, for several years were taking photos of the area and communication structure of a military airfield in Šiauliai …