Editorial: on Russia's August curse
The August curse is a perceived phenomenon in Russia, in which tragic events are felt to occur unusually often in the month of August. All sorts of natural and supernatural explanations have been presented for the phenomenon.
Polish analyst: four battalions no invasion force (1)
While Russia may accuse NATO for acting to threat, the four battalions obviously aren't a force to attack them with says Michał Baranowski of Marshall Foundation in Poland as interviewed by Postimees.
13.07.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Tiit Vähi: anti-Russia torch of war damaging to business
Estonia ought to alter current course and support removal of anti-Russia economic sanctions imposed after annexation of Crimea says former prime minister turned transit businessman Tiit Vähi.
04.07.2016, Andres ReimerPM
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
Editorial: Ida-Viru County needs a vision for the future
Ida-Virumaa and its largest city Narva of nearly 60,000 inhabitants has been rather prominent in local and international media these past few years. predominantly, this has been because of the 2014 events in Ukraine: many a Western journalist has been seeking for another Donbas and Crimea both in Narva and the Latvian region of Latgale. Even so, the Daugavpils and Narva reality has proven otherwise, and one may understand the displeasure in locals regarding such focus.
Editorial: a goal from the blessed past
Does it make sense for Estonia to toil to get its temporary seat at UN Security Council? Depends on the role we attribute to UN and its security council in the world today. And, secondly, on ability to task Estonian foreign services with what fits the present reality and our own particular interests.
Culture ministry: compatriots in Crimea are supported within our means
Culture ministry vice chancellor Anne-Ly Reimaa responsible for cultural diversity says Estonian state understands the situation of Estonians in Crimea.
03.05.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Who will care for Crimean Estonians?
There are a couple of thousand people in Crimea who see themselves as Estonians or their descendants. Though a minority of them speak Estonian, quite a few stand for the local Estonian culture.
03.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
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
Centre sees potential benefits in cooperation with party of Putin
Earlier, Centre Party has repeatedly promised to vote over continued cooperation with United Russia. At its assembly this Saturday, they did not. The issue was indeed up for discussion, but vice chairman Jaanus Karilaidwho formerly wished the cooperation would cease is now of the opinion that they might try withing the treaty to seek something useful for Estonia.
15.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Cyborgs in Ukrainian war: meet defender of Donetsk airport
Donetsk airport, early morning of January 20th. The thick fog is hindering visibility. Guarding the terminal penetrated with many a bullet and blast, an Ukrainian serviceman Oleksandr Gudim is eyeing an increasingly watery blanket of snow and the dreary weather. Gut feeling says it's going to be bad: «Don't like it at all.» Within a few steps behind a wall, the separatists are preparing for fresh attack.
29.12.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Foreign minister says Estonia not intending to claim compensation for damages by occupation
Estonia is not intending to claim compensation from Russia for damages by Soviet occupation, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand told Russian news agency Interfax this Sunday while commenting a memorandum of cooperation signed by justice ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regarding presenting such claim to Russia as legal successor to Soviet Union.
Editorial: the clear red line
The Syrian civil war and Russia's involvement in it have come to a complex stage where, due to variety of options, the further development is difficult to see as additionally muddied by Turkey downing a Russian jet on Syrian border yesterday with one pilot dead. The only thing clear is the line the Turks drew: with warning ignored, action follows.
Ukraine to charge Yanukovych by default in leading criminal group
In near future, Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is charging former President Viktor Yanukovych by default in organising a criminal group, Ukraine’s prosecutor general Viktor Shokin tells Postimees in interview.
13.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Finnish professor: Putin is seeking cooperation
Last week featured a lecture at University of Tartu by Tuomas Forsberg, international politics lecturer at Tampere University and a leading Russian expert in Finland, who says the West was overly optimistic regarding Vladimir Putin at the beginning of last decade, but extremely pessimistic now.
06.11.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the end of a blunder. Kremlin gets no Mistrals
Thankfully, the years of suspense around the France-Russia warship sales deal have come to an end. The vessels will never go to Putin's aggressive regime. Praise be to the Frenchmen, for finding a solution to the mess made by previous president.
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
«Putin is as powerful as Estonia's president!»
In Russia, things are bad. Judge for yourself: anti-Putin conspiracy is already underway! Liquidation of Russia is being attempted! Putin's orders aren't being obeyed! Russia isn't a sovereign state and needs to be saved!
28.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russia steadily testing resistance of Baltics
An application filed by two Duma members to investigate legality of recognition of Baltics by Soviet Union on September 6th 1991 fits well with an all-out information attack these past three months – aimed not really to scare the Baltic citizens, but rather to test the reactions of the authorities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and the public opinion.
14.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: the Minsk gambit
A sleepless night spent in Minsk, Belarus by four heads of European states has yielded a rather vague-worded declaration regarding the conflict in Ukraine while still stressing two vital principles – territorial integrity or Ukraine (without a word, though, on Crimea), and the need for a peaceful solution.
Estonia increasingly sought as shelter from war
Russian aggression in Ukraine has markedly raised numbers of asylum-seeking refugees.
23.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: discovery of shaver in trash can at US Embassy
Tirelessly, Kremlin’s propaganda machine keeps informing its citizens of how wonderfully Russia is doing without all the Western stuff. Someplace, they say, Russian inventions and scientific discoveries are waiting in total readiness – as are the enterprises eager to make much better things than the evil Westerners.
Editorial: Trojan Truck
Russian role thus far undermines trust towards alleged humanitarian convoy.
Editorial: opinion of Western public pivoting against Putin
The consequences of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy are largely up to public opinion in the West. In other words: how the event reaches the man in the street, the one – on a democracy – taking the once-in-a-while walk to the ballot box at election time. Over these past few days, we are detecting changes here, as reflected by editorials of newspapers, news, and social media.
Business in Crimea: winds of change
Estonia’s agreement on Thursday for Europe to impose import restrictions to goods from Crimea and Sevastopol will first and foremost hit importers of wine and vodka. Estonians with investments in the seized peninsula hope the new Russian powers will support interests of foreign investors. The ever-declining Crimean economy is, rather, pointing towards dark clouds gathering.
25.06.2014, Andres ReimerPM
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
Rasmussen: Russia’s actions may mean new defence plans for Baltics
While several European nations seriously cut their defence budgets – up to 40 percent – Russia ratcheted theirs up 30 percent. In interview beneath, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says NATO cannot keep disarming while Russians are doing the opposite and are threatening their neighbours.
09.05.2014, Marti AavikPM
Viktor Kryzhanivsky: it’s «Russian military», not «pro-Russian forces»
Tension is ongoing in Ukraine because of the aggression of Russia on the territory of my country, writes Viktor Kryzhanivsky, Ambassador of Ukraine.
23.04.2014, Viktor KryzhanivskyPM
Editorial: Russian economic health already poor, pre-Crimea
Economically hurting, will Russia grow less or more aggressive internationally? Attempting to explain in hindsight the Kremlin getting militant regarding Ukraine and annexing Crimea, it’s easy to talk about the little victorious war waged to mask internal problems of the bully.
Russia risks severe economic crisis
Economy of Russia characterised by slow growth and fast price rise.
22.04.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Ilves: USA and Europe need a new rulebook for Russia
Russia's aggression in Ukraine marks a paradigm shift, the end of trust in the post-Cold War order, writes president Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Washington Post.
Editorial: Russia still threat to Eastern Ukraine
Aggressive behaviour by Russia continues. For weeks now, troops have been massed to Ukraine’s eastern border. Destabilisation-operations by Russia in Eastern Ukraine keep unfolding. By propaganda, a supporting image is being created about possible «referendums» to join Russia in other parts of Ukraine, in addition to Crimea.
Editorial: sanctions – too lean, too late
Response to Russian aggression against Ukraine is disproportionally weak by both USA and the European Union. On one side, there stand crimes against peace already committed, to say nothing about ongoing threatening. On the other side, there are visa bans and asset freezes regarding two dozen people. As glaringly obvious by now, the sanctions imposed yesterday came too late and are too lean.
Editorial: charade in Crimea flaunted as will of people
«Please don’t call it ‘referendum’ – sham poll/stunt/charade will do fine,» Edward Lucas, author of The New Cold War and journalist at the British weekly The Economist tweeted yesterday. The charade in Crimea, over the future status of the region, wasn’t just spitting upon international law; rather, it amounted to a bona fide case of vox populi turned into something totally distant from democracy. By the «result», everyone essentially is deceived – even those casting their vote in truth and conviction.
Editorial: as Putin marshals troops, West wields sanctions
Relentlessly, Russia keeps stirring tensions at Ukrainian border. Troops are being marshalled in the name of excursuses, next to Eastern border of the neighbour. In Transnistria, located on Moldovan territory, Russian forces have been put in battle array.
Editorial: Estonia 1940, Crimea 2014
Russia openly initiates incorporation of Crimea.