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Estonia is most westernized of former Soviet Union members

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Estonia is the most westernized of the former Soviet Union states, it can be seen from the results of a fresh study carried out by StrategEast, a U.S. strategic center for political and diplomatic solutions, the daily Postimees reports, cites LETA/BNS. The organization analyzed the development of 14 countries of the Post-Soviet, Non-Russian region (PSNR) as a whole in five categories: political, economic, legal, language and cultural westernization, and westernization…

Russian fighter jet intercepts US surveillance plane over Baltic Sea

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Russian fighter jet and a US surveillance plane have come disturbingly close as they flew through international airspace. The Russian Su-27 jet reportedly performed an “unprofessional” but not unsafe interception of a US Navy P8-plane, coming within 20 feet of the US aircraft, defence officials told CNN. American pilots have said they never felt threatened when the Russian fighter jet flew so close over the Baltic Sea. The Navy…

Portugal to take the lead of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission, Spain and France to send augmentation

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

On May 2 rotations conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will change over at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. After four months of duty the Danish Air Force Detachment will hand over the mission to colleagues from Portugal and Spain. Portugal will head the 47th NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and patrol the Baltic skies with four F-16s. Spain will deploy six Eurofighter Typhoon…

Greek defense chief in Estonia: We are working to solve common challenges

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Chief of the Hellenic National Defence Staff Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis concluded a two-day visit to Estonia on Friday, saying that both Greece and Estonia are working in the name of solving common challenges. Apostolakis on Thursday lay a wreath at the foot of the War of Independence Victory Column in Tallinn’s Freedom Square and met with Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Gen. Riho Terras, with whom he discussed joint cooperation…

Mikser: NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed importance of allied relations

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Friday attended a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, where his colleagues reaffirmed the importance of transatlantic relations. Ahead of the upcoming NATO summit, the meeting focused on relations with Russia, the situation in Afghanistan, projecting stability in NATO’s southern neighborhood as well as the alliance’s open door policy. “We prepared for the NATO summit taking place in July,” Mikser said.…

NATO team wins 2018 Locked Shields cyberdefense exercise

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Locked Shields, the largest and most advanced international live-fire cyberdefense exercise in the world organized by the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE), was won this year by NATO’s own team, followed by France and the Czech Republic. “The winning team excelled in all categories of the exercise,” Aare Reintam, one of the organizers of the exercise, said in a press release on Friday, noting that…

Australia opens an experimental ‘pop-up Embassy’ in Tallinn

Saturday, April 28, 2018

In a first of its kind, Australia, which has had no permanent diplomatic missions in the Baltic States since Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania regained independence, has opened a so-called pop-up Embassy in Tallinn. The move represents an innovative approach to expanding Australia’s diplomatic network in the Baltics and increases the country’s visibility in Estonia as well as in the Baltic region in general. The new pop-up Embassy plans to develop…

152 troops join NATO’s expanded combat group in Latvia

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Realizing the decision made at the 2016 NATO summit in Wales regarding the deployment of a battalion-sized group in Baltic States and Poland, 152 troops from Slovakia will be deployed in Latvia in the second half of 2018, as reported by Defence Ministry. Since November 2017, two Slovak combat coordinators have been serving in Latvia, providing support in the process of deployment of more allied forces in the country. 152…

Drunk British army officers clash with Riga police

Friday, April 27, 2018

London newspaper The Times reported April 27 that three officers from the British Army were involved in a drunken confrontation with Riga police April 24. The three officers were reported to be from the Royal Artillery regiment, and the “altercation” resulted in two officers being detained for a couple of hours and one being pepper sprayed after a “boozy night out” the newspaper reported under the headline “Operation Hammered” which cites…

Conscript injured during training

Friday, April 27, 2018

A conscript of the Kuperjanov infantry battalion sustained injuries when a piece of ordnance believed to be an unexploded round of a grenade launcher went off during a bushfire. The soldier putting out a bushfire caused by a life-fire shooting exercise was injured in the explosion of what in great probability was a piece of unexploded ordnance from a 40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher, military spokespeople said. The soldier was given first…