Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Estonian Finance Minister wants to spend less on upgrade of border with Russia

    Estonian Finance Minister Martin Helme from the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) suggested that the country could save money by spending less on the border with Russia, RIA Novosti reports.

    “The border must be built more cheaply than planned. Without all the bells and whistles. There are more rational solutions,” Helme said.

    He also said that less money should be invested in the construction of public sector buildings. Instead, he called for investments that stimulate the economy. …

  • Estonia accuses Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating its border

    Estonian military accused the Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating the Estonian air border last Saturday, reported Estonian Defense Forces.

    The report stated that the Tu-154, belonging to the Russian Navy, entered the country's airspace near the island of Vaindloo without permission and was there for less than a minute.

    It is noted that the transponder of the aircraft was turned on. As the Press-service of the Defense Forces added, the plane had a flight plan, but there was no radio contact …

  • Estonia expecting Russian attack

    Estonia suspects that Russia is preparing for an armed conflict in the west, said Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik at a memorial conference in Tallinn for former Estonian president Lennart Meri.

    His conclusion is based on the fact that Russia has reinforced its Western Military District, establishing seven new regiments and stationing them less than 50 km from the state border.

    “This demonstrates that the Russian Armed Forces are preparing for an armed conflict to the west,” RBC news …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky meets with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President Hungary Janos Ader and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, all in attendance at the newly elected head of state’s inauguration.

    Zelensky thanked the heads of state after they warmly congratulated him on assuming office, as reported by the president’s press service.

    During a meeting with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Vladimir Zelensky said that …

  • Estonian President condemns decision to restore Russia's voting rights in PACE

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid heavily criticized the Council of Europe’s  intention to restore Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), after the agreement was reached allowing Russia to retain its  membership in the organization, reports Postimees news agency.

    "I believe in dialogue with Russia, but this does not mean that Russia should be returned to the partnership after it violated international law and its promises," said Kaljulaid at a …

  • Estonia calls on EU to respond to Russia's 'anti-Ukrainian actions'

    Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu takes part in a meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs in Brussels May 13, ERR news agency reports.

    As noted, he plans to call on European colleagues to respond to the "anti-Ukrainian actions" of Russia.

    According to Reinsalu, the recent decision of Moscow to grant passports to residents of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s using a simplified procedure is another "destabilizing" step.

    He added that he intends to raise this issue at …

  • Estonia intends to call for additional sanctions against Russia

    Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu intends to call for additional sanctions against Russia because of the illegal issuance of Russian passports to the residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine, reports the Estonian new outlet Eesti Paevaleht.

    Reinsalu plans to propose additional sanctions at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the EU countries on Monday, May 13.

    "Russia is a nuclear country that has used its force against neighboring countries twice in the last decade. …

  • Estonian Prime Minister willing to discuss border treaty with Russia

    Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme said that the border treaty with Russia cannot be ratified until Moscow recognizes the provisions of the 1920 Treaty of Tartu, which stipulates that Russia’s Pechorsky District is actually a part of Estonia.

    Commenting on Helme’s statement, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said on Thursday that in the current coalition government there are various perspectives on this matter. He also emphasized that if Russia wants to discuss a border agreement, Estonia …

  • Ukraine takes part in the largest NATO military exercises in Estonia

    On April 29, NATO began Spring Storm 2019 military exercises in Estonia involving more than 9,000 troops from 13 countries, including Ukraine. According to the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces this event is the country’s largest annual military exercises of the year.

    The exercises will last until May 17 and will involve hundreds of units, including armored vehicles, infantry and tanks. The most active phase of the exercises will take place from May 20 to 10 with the participation …

  • Estonian President meets with Putin

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who arrived in Moscow for the opening ceremony of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow after its renovations, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, April 18. They discussed bilateral relations, the situation in Ukraine and Georgia. “At the same time, of course, I proceeded from the position of the European Union,” stressed Kersti Kaljulaid.

    Speaking about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Estonian president noted that she supports the sanctions. …