Estonian govt gives green light to signature of Rail Baltic agreement
Estonian government on Thursday approved the concluding of the Rail Baltic agreement and authorized Prime Minister Juri Ratas to sign it on the behalf of Estonia.
Retired U.S. general voices concern over Putin's moves in Baltic region
Retired U.S. General Jack Keane has raised concerns Russian President Vladimir Putin is plotting a military invasion of the Baltic countries to challenge president-elect Donald Trump and NATO countries, British media said.
Birthrate down in Estonia, up in Latvia over three years
The Baltic states' health behavior compendium reveals that while birthrate took a nose dive in Estonia in 2010, it started growing in Latvia instead. Demographer Ene-Margit Tiit believes the fall could be the result, among other things, of outdated parental benefits system.
20.10.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Lithuanian railroad's stalling tactics threat to Rail Baltic
Lithuania's national rail company did not sign the common procurements agreement of Rail Baltic partners the latter were scheduled to showcase yesterday, undermining the project's credibility first and foremost in the eyes of primary investor, the European Union.
06.10.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
Merkel says Germany would agree to greater involvement in Baltic defense
Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany would agree to contribute more to the defense of the Baltic states, but does not elaborate in what form.
Reason behind Russian border provocations: something bad is coming
The upcoming season 6 of the insanely popular TV series Game of thrones has a catchy tag line – winter is coming. The menace of the obvious threat grows in the cold shadows, almost unchecked as everyone is involved in a bickering fight over the Iron throne.
20.04.2016, Vaidas Saldžiūnas, VilniusPM
Russia should not be allowed to perceive it can act unchallenged
NATO needs to decisively acknowledge Russian danger in Baltic Sea region and significantly increase presence of ground and air forces, as well as of navy says a fresh report.
20.04.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
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
Poland to send infantry unit to Estonia this spring
Poland is to send a company-sized motorized infantry unit to Estonia this spring which will also take part in the annual Spring Storm exercise, spokesman for the Estonian defense force headquarters told BNS. The exact time and action program of the stay in Estonia will be decided soon.
Report: Biggest military conflict danger in Baltics arises from Russia's misconceptions
According to the Estonian Information Board (EIB) the biggest danger of a conflict arising in the Baltic countries derives from the Russian administration's misconceptions.
Algas registreerumine iludusvõistlusele Missis Estonia 2016
Aastal 1992 sai alguse imekaunis traditsioon, kus SIXTINA tantsu- ja modellikool korraldas esimest korda Eesti naistele mõeldud iludusvõistluse «Missis Estonia». Sellest ajast peale korraldabki SIXTINA seda naiselikkust ülistavat üritust.
Leaked memo: migrants may move towards borders of Estonia
Closure of the currently popular Balkan migration routes may put pressure on borders of Norway, Finland and the Baltics says a leaked Norwegian foreign ministry memo.
03.03.2016, VG / The Local / PMPM
Swedish defence analysis admits migration is serious threat
Migration – into Nordics and out of Baltics – poses considerable security risk to Baltic Sea Region (BSR) as admitted by freshly released research ordered by Swedish defence ministry.
06.01.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Postimees provides exclusive coverage from security conference in Riga, Latvia
In November 6th to 7th the unique security conference tradition continues in Riga, Latvia, sporting the longest tradition of like events in Baltic States.
Baltic countries preparing to claim occupation damages from Russia
Justice ministers of the three Baltic countries on Thursday signed a cooperation memorandum in which they agreed on activities for submitting a claim to Russia as the legal successor of the Soviet Union for the compensation of damage concerning the occupation.
05.11.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
ERGO «feels no fear for Baltics»
ERGO International AG board member Thomas Schöllkopf in charge of Eastern Europe says they go cautious in Russia and Ukraine due to their conflict while not worried and confident in the Baltics.
07.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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.
Estonian formin: Policy of non-recognition has relevance for present day
Speaking at a symposium to mark the 75th anniversary of the Welles Declaration in Tallinn on Thursday, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said the U.S. policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by the Soviet Union has relevance also for the present day.
Aita valida Eesti Iluduskuningannat!
«SIXTINA» Tantsu- ja Modellikool korraldab juba 25. aastat Eestis erinevaid talendi- ja iludusvõistlusi.
Missis Estonia 2015 valitakse Sixtina juubelipeol
SIXTINA Tantsu- ja Modellikool tähistab 30. mail Salme Kultuurikeskuses oma 25. juubelit kontsertetendusega, kus lisaks meeliülendavale tantsuetendusele on võimalik laval näha paljusi Sixtina poolt nende aastate jooksul korraldatud Eesti Iludusvõistluste osavõtjaid ja võitjaid. Sellel juubeliüritusel valitakse ka MISSIS ESTONIA 2015 tiitlikandja.
3000 US troops head to Eastern Europe for exercises
The Pentagon says that about 3,000 U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Eastern Europe on a three-month exercise beginning next week, to conduct training exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Editorial: hey, we’re family
«It is in the times foreign-politically difficult that maintenance of the bridge with Finland tends to slip our minds and signs of disrepair start to show,» Toomas Kiho, editor-in-chief of Akadeemia (the cultural journal) wrote in Postimees this past fall. «Regrettably, to the backdrop of current crises, the same seems to happening again.»
Estonia to pull out of Baltic mine countermeasures squadron
The government on Thursday gave the nod to Estonia's withdrawal from the Baltic mine countermeasures unit BALTRON.
Estonian formin: EU commissioner's warning to be taken seriously
Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn's warning that the Baltic states might soon be faced with flows of refugees from the southern neighborhood of the European Union should be taken seriously, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.
Baltic states might soon see streams of refugees - European commissioner
It cannot be excluded that the Baltic states might soon see a «stream of refugees» from southern neighbors of the European Union, the commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said in an interview with BNS.
USA to pour $25m into Ämari Air Base
Among other allotments, 2015 budget for US Armed Forces earmarks close to $25m for structures at Ämari, Estonia. Latvia and Lithuanian are due a bit less than that, over $10m and $13m respectively for air bases in Lielvarde and Šiauliai.
22.12.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Swedbank: Reasons behind economic growth in Baltics slowing down are structural
Economic growth is slowing down in the Baltic countries and reasons behind this are structural -- a declining population and insufficient investment, Swedbank writes in its Baltic Sea Report.
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.
Swedish expert says situation «very frustrating»
In light of past few days’ events there’s not much hope of search in Stockholm waters serving up something revealing, observes Ingmar Oldberg, a Russia policy expert at Swedish Institute for International Affairs.
23.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Siobhan Kattago: Obama shared more in common with Ronald Reagan than I ever could have imagined
In the days leading up to President Obama’s state visit to Estonia on September 3rd, the eve before the NATO summit meeting in Wales, details of his schedule, travel plans and meetings were meticulously scrutinized. As streets closed and helicopters circled, the contrast between the heavy security surrounding the Commander in Chief and his message of freedom couldn’t have been starker. Obama’s visit dramatically underscored the complex relationship between freedom and security in a post-9/11 world.
04.09.2014, Siobhan KattagoPM
Editorial: Estonia – example of staying free
Defending Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius is just as important as defending Berlin, Paris and London – a highlight from the US President Barack Obama’s speech in Tallinn, yesterday. Naturally, we need this assurance of unshakeable dedication. We need it declared to ourselves, to some lazy-like allies, and most of all to the potential aggressor.
Remarks by president Obama to the people of Estonia
Remarks by president Obama to the people of Estonia at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.
04.09.2014, Embassy of the United States in TallinnPM
Symbolic meeting of best friends
Having touched down in Tallinn, at dawn yesterday, the US President Barack Obama was moving about a tiny area of the city – between the Kadriorg park and city centre.
03.09.2014, Oliver KundPM
US tanks and fighting vehicles coming to Estonia, in October
In October, the United States of America are sending a ground troops company into Estonia, the equipment of which includes tanks and infantry fighting machines.
Edward Lucas: the message could hardly have been clearer
Russia marked Victory in Moscow with a parade overseen by President Putin. He also visited Crimea and praised its return to the motherland. Meanwhile bandits wielding Kalashnikovs guard roadblocks in Eastern Ukraine and helicopters are shot out of the sky.
16.05.2014, Edward LucasPM
Edward Lucas: Putin's defenders in the West ignore those who know Russia best
Sanctions won't work on Russia: it is too big, too rich, and too integrated. And imposing them would be hypocritical anyway, given that China is worse. The West will end up doing a deal, so we might as well start thinking about one now. Talking to the regime of Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, may be unpalatable. Not talking to it will be disastrous.
08.05.2014, Edward LucasPM
Liam Fox: defence deals with Moscow are unwise
Russians need to be protected by the laws of the countries they dwell in and not by Russia, underlined recent British Defence Secretary and current ruling Conservative Party MP Liam Fox in interview to Postimees while in Tallinn yesterday for a speaking engagement.
08.05.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Gas projects stuck in mire of differing interests
Russia’s attack against Ukraine made EU more generous regarding financing energy projects linked to the Baltic Sea, but special interests of Finnish energy company Gasum – with Gazprom as major shareholder – block the way forward.
24.04.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
McCain: Baltics now the vanguard
Russian president desires to revive the empire and that makes one also worry for the Baltic States, said Republican US Senator John McCain, in Tallinn yesterday.
16.04.2014, Kadri VeermäePM
Estonia – the Baltic food price rise engine
Over the past year, cost of an advisable monthly food basket for a four-member family has risen in all Baltic States, shows a Swedbank study. The «leader» was Estonia with 4.3 percent.
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
Olli Rehn: in crisis, we also protected the weakest of society
EU economy and finance chief, the Finn Olli Rehn (51), relates how the outgoing European Commission succeeded, against all odds, to avoid insolvency of European states, which – among other things – would have been devastating to those on social welfare and people on public payrolls.
24.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Allies aiming to fill Baltic skies with fighters
Considering how many planes the Baltic airspace could hold, and how many fighters have been offered by NATO allies – in light of recent events – to secure Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian skies, we are nearing saturation, says Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Major-General Riho Terras.
20.03.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Baltics not neglected in security anxiety
As assured in Tallinn yesterday by German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Baltic States will not be left on their own in light of events in Crimea.
12.03.2014, Liisa TagelPM
Editorial: the Baltic differences
Not all alike, but with obvious common interests
Baltic states join forces for ammunition procurement
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have announced a joint procurement of ammunition that will be for the first time conducted through the European Defense Agency.
France to assume Baltic air policing duties in spring
The French air force will in May take over the duties of policing of the Baltic air space from Denmark under the air policing arrangement agreed within NATO.