Germany to take over Baltic air policing out of Estonian Amari air base
A German contingent using five Eurofighter Typhoon jets will take over the NATO Baltic air policing mission from the Royal Air Force at a ceremony at the Estonian Amari air base at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
NATO waving a red rag under nose of Russia
No threat to Russia militarily speaking, the US battalions in Baltics would irritate the Kremlin by their mere presence at Russian border. In response, just to flex muscles, the latter may move over its most modern armaments.
30.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Experts say lion's share of NATO leak is hot air
The picture painted before media eyes in Norway by leaked NATO report regarding Russian special units in Estonia is exaggerated and only partially reflects reality, think the experts.
04.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
UK to take over Baltic air policing mission at Amari next week
The Royal Air Force will provide fighter jets and personnel to the rotation of the NATO Baltic air policing mission to be performed out of the Amari air base in Estonia from May to August.
Commander-in-Chief convinced in increased NATO presence in Baltics
Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Riho Terras tells Postimees in live studio he is convinced the Warsaw summit in the beginning of July will decide to increase NATO presence in Baltics. He underlined that in run-up to such summits, presenting of dark scenarios in reports is the norm.
22.04.2016, Marian VõsumetsPM
NATO advised to boost presence on Baltic Sea
The Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) commissioned ICDS to conduct a study on the strategic balance in the Baltic Sea region with aim to contribute, in the run up to the Warsaw Summit, to the discussion on the optimum Alliance military posture in the region. Underneath find its assumptions, findings and recommendations.
19.04.2016, Henrik Praks, Director of ABCDPM
Belgian air force takes over Baltic air policing duties at Amari
The German air force on Thursday handed over the duties of Baltic air policing performed out of the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia to the air force of Belgium.
Spain, Belgium to take over responsibility for NATO Baltic air policing
Spain and Belgium will take over responsibility for the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic countries at the beginning of January.
Hopes high to have other allies added to incoming Brits
Unable to specify, I think more good news are in store said defence minister Hannes Hanso commenting on the news released yesterday of UK sending soldiers to support Baltics.
09.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Mihkelson finds fault with NATO communication
Riigikogu's National Defence Committee chairman Marko Mihkelson (IRL) sees communication glitch in not being informed about changes regarding numbers of NATO fighters in Baltics and Poland though the decision was taken as early as this spring.
07.08.2015, Andres EinmannPM
NATO cutting Baltic air policing mission in half
NATO will downsize the air policing mission in the Baltic countries by half, with eight fighter-jets due to patrol the skies as of September as compared with the current 16 jets, as well as one contingent left in Lithuania instead of the current two, the Alliance's spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.
UK fighter jets to arrive at Estonia's Amari air base in May
Defense Secretary of the U.K. Michael Fallon announced that from May to August four British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets will guard the airspace of the Baltic countries from the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia.
Spanish Air Force takes over air policing duties at Amari
In a ceremony held at Amari Air Base in Estonia at noon on Friday, Spanish pilots and personnel took over the duties of guarding the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the air force of another NATO member Germany.
02.01.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
First two Spanish fighters land at Amari
Two fighter jets of the Spanish Air Force landed at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia on Monday and another two are scheduled to reach Estonia on Tuesday to take part in the Baltic air policing mission as of January.
Kerry says US to continue increased presence in Baltic states
The United States will continue its increased military presence in the Baltic states in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
NATO jets scrambled 100 times over Russian planes near Baltics this year
NATO fighter jets have been scrambled more than 100 times so far this year in response to Russian military planes flying close to the Baltic countries, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense told BNS on Wednesday.
Russia denies violating Estonian, Lithuanian airspace
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a Dutch report of the incursion of a Russian military transport plane into the airspace of Estonia and Lithuania on Wednesday.
Air force chief: Russian planes' flights near border are no sign of danger
According to the commander of the Estonian Air Force, Col. Jaak Tarien, there is nothing special about Russian military planes making flights near the Estonian border and there is no reason to panic.
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Paet: Estonia and the U.S. are strong allies
At his meeting in Washington with the United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that communication between Estonia and the United States has been particularly active over the past few months and today's meeting proves this once again.
USA longing for arrival of other allies in Baltics
James J. Townsend, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for European and NATO Policy, notes that American diplomats covering the area have been a lot busier that they knew to expect just some three-four months ago.
25.04.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
More NATO, come Monday
Starting next week, NATO initial deterrence against Russia will significantly strengthen in Estonia – land, sea and air. Whether members of the alliance will agree to let the units stay for good, is now up to steadfastness of Estonian defence ministry and moves by Russia.
24.04.2014, Oliver KundPM
Allies discuss defence of Eastern Europe
NATO halted practical cooperation with Russia and is striving towards increased security of its easternmost members.
02.04.2014, Liisa TagelPM
Belgian air force to assume NATO's Baltic air policing mission
Belgian fighter jets due to start a shift in the NATO-sanctioned air policing mission in the Baltic skies were scheduled to land at the mission's base near Siauliai, northern Lithuania on Monday.
NATO may consider Estonian backup base for Baltic air policing mission
NATO is happy with the Lithuania-based Baltic air policing mission but a backup base might be considered in response to Estonia's proposal, a NATO general said in Vilnius on Wednesday.