Palts defeats Russian army in Crimea
Former Tallinn mayor, businessman Tõnis Palts is defending real estate he owns on the Black Sea shore in Crimea and recently defeated the Russian defense ministry in court. The dispute is set to move to a higher instance court next.
30.03.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Separatists in Luhansk want to exchange an Estonian
An unexpected turn is about to take place in the case of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, standing trial in Ukraine for fighting for Donbass separatists – it is possible he will be exchanged and handed over to separatists in Luhansk instead.
02.02.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonian president: Ukraine should decide its own future
Ukraine should be able to decide its own future, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at her meeting with the Ukrainian head of state, Petro Poroshenko, in Tallinn on Monday.
Lithuanian, Estonian formins expect MH17 findings to open eyes of some colleagues
The foreign ministers of Lithuania and Estonia expect that international investigators' findings on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014 will open the eyes of some colleagues.
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.
Cheap Ukrainian workforce free to enter Estonia via Poland
Of foreign workers registered in Poland, about 80 percent are Ukrainians. But Poland has unemployment too and no work for all who come. Therefore, several Polish companies have focused on mediating workers to elsewhere in Europe.
04.08.2016, Greete PalgiPM
Sending back a Vietnamese costs thousands of euros
This year, Estonia had dozens of Vietnamese enter it illegally. Yesterday, the last one i.e. No 30 was flown back home.
03.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
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
Entrepreneurs unsupportive of proposal by Vähi
Responding to call by former prime minister Tiit Vähi to improve (business) relations with Russia, entrepreneurs showed understanding while, unlike the Poet of Sillamäe owner, they support troops of NATO in Estonia.
05.07.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: don't sell security for pottage of lentiles
The closer the NATO summit in Warsaw, the more abundant the Kremlin propaganda and – somewhat surprisingly – the repeating of like messages by our own people. Such are not many, however, as seen in answers by entrepreneurs interviewed in Postimees today.
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
Estonia extradites terror suspect to Ukraine
Estonia has extradited to Ukraine a man suspected in crimes of terror.
01.07.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Decision to extradite Ukrainian separatist takes effect
The extradition of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov to Ukraine who is suspected of fighting in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine took effect on Friday as the Estonian Supreme Court did not accept his cassation.
Hanso: Kremlin itself is turning Ukraine into a Western nation
In Brussels yesterday, defence minister Stepan Poltorak faced the press after the NATO-Ukraine committee session. The first question, a sharp one, was by a countryman: «Isn't controversial that our army is being reformed by the same people who ruined it for 24 years?»
16.06.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: 75 years since the initial deportations
In the Russian language sphere people sometimes say they wish the others would «get Stalin.» Always, it is for the others, for who would want to have his live valued as nothing.
Foreign minister of Ukraine stresses need for greater European support
With the return of Nadezhda Savtchenko a big win for Ukraine, there are other political prisoners in Russia, Crimea and Donbas who must be fought for said Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, talking to Postimees in Tallinn yesterday.
Russian history professor: we've lost the taste for truth
Mythologising history, loss of objective view, hindering learing lessons from history, is a problem with all of former Soviet bloc nations says Russian historian Andrei Zubov (64), known for his stand against Kremlin propaganda.
01.06.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
EU energy chief differs with Nord Stream 2 team
Vice president of European Commission regarding energy union, Maroš Šefčovič says no business project has encountered such political headwinds as the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline. If the builders wish to carry out their current plans to complete the work by 2019, he says they will have to consider all EU rules the third energy package included.
30.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: the importance of a clear message
The closer we are drawing to the Warsaw summit of NATO on July 8-9, the louder and sharper is Russia in its statements, obviously intending to sow discord and create anxiety in the West. Meanwhile, to ensure security, the very unity and steadfastness is our key.
Estonian formin expresses gladness over Savchenko's release
Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand on Wednesday expressed gladness over the release of Ukrainian pilot and member of the parliament Nadiya Savchenko, and said that the whole trial was at variance with the principles of administration of justice.
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.
Jüri Tamm creates electric car for high-end hotels in Monaco
In Ukraine, former hammer thrower, politician and winemaker Jüri Tamm intends to produce unique electric vehicles of his own design for hotels of Monaco where the rich and famous are accustomed to meet.
16.05.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Viking era sword handed back to Ukraine
A viking era sword was confiscated from a truck driving across Luhamaa border point from Russia into Estonia this March. Yesterday, it was ceremonially returned to Ukrainian state, its rightful owner.
Nord Stream 2 – super profit, security threat, or both?
The Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline planned in Baltic Sea to take natural gas from Vyborg, Russia to Greifswald, Germany and be completed by end of 2019 promises all to reap billions of euros of profit. That is the mantra repeated by people working for the project when one says he doubts profitability of the mega project. That despite the conditions where natural gas price is down more than by half during these past two years.
12.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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
What do the Dutch have against Ukraine?
When I was asked to explain ‘what the Dutch have against Ukraine’ to an Estonian public, I initially wondered whether this is the right question to ask. On 6 April the Dutch voted against the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, but the turnout was only 32 percent. One could perhaps ask why the Dutch do not care about Ukraine. On the other hand, I know many people who are in favour of the agreement, but stayed at home. They either oppose referenda on principled grounds, or feel uncomfortable with the way this referendum came about. To make the question even more complicated, some leaders of the no-camp claim that they act in the best interest of both Dutch and Ukrainian ordinary citizens.
27.04.2016, Marno de Boer, HaguePM
At present, words of the cultured carry no such weight as at end of 1980ies, observes folklorist and former first lady Ingrid Rüütel (EKRE) while admitting Estonia could never solve the problems of the nations of the world. Even so, Estonia might play a part in international cooperation provided we feature wise, experienced and balanced politicians.
26.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Cleaning up Chernobyl to take decades
Perhaps surprisingly, Estonia is still investing tens of thousands of euros in liquidation of the effects of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Also, Estonia is symbolically involved in the opening of the nuclear waste storage to be opened next year – among many others, equipment made in Estonia is used as well.
25.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
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
Ukrainian gynaecologist to leave Hiiumaa
A gynaecologist from Ukraine is leaving after four months of working at Hiiumaa Hospital, not having acclimatized with the island and the islanders not acclimatizing with him. Doctors will continue to take turns and visit from mainland Estonia.
13.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
A new witness in the Savchenko case
What might Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov who Ukraine desires to sue for fighting for separatists in Donbas, the Ukrainian army lieutenant Nadezhda Savchenko sentenced for 22 years of imprisonment in Russia last Tuesday, and the perished Russian TV journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin have in common? In a moment of destiny, they all happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, in Eastern Ukraine near Lugansk on June 17th 2014.
29.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonia hiring IT specialists from Ukraine
These past years, percentage of immigrants from Ukraine is in constant increase. Last year, they got a whopping 62 percent of resident permits for work.
18.03.2016, Marge TubalkainPM
Donetsk suburb sees no ceasefire
«That's what Europe thinks is armistice...» is how and Ukrainian Army 14th brigade soldier ironically puts it. These past three weeks, his unit has been in constant exchange of fire with separatists in Donetsk who almost daily blast their positions not with light arms only but from mortars. Pursuant to «Minsk-2», these wold have to hold their peace for nearly a year.
26.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Palts fights for Crimea dream resort
Former Mayor of Tallinn and Riigikogu member, Tõnis Palts (62) is among the few foreign investors to not abandon his business in Crimea after it was assumed by Russia. Furthermore: toughing it out, he is battling in court both with city of Sevastopol and Russian defence ministry to protect his lot worth dozens of millions of dollars.
16.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
Estonian minister: Relations with Russia depend on developments in Ukraine
Estonia's relations with Russia must be viewed in the framework of EU-Russian relations and they depend to a large degree on whether and how the Ukraine crisis will be solved, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said.
Rigid law obstructs humane approach
Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) deputy director-general Priit Pärkna says migration office has been at pains to find a way to remain in Estonia for the Albanian family successfully adapted. Even so, the officials are now looking to lawgivers as humane decisions are hindered by stiffness of current law.
11.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Ukrainian separatist appeals extradition decision in European human rights court
Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, who the Estonian government in December decided to extradite to Ukraine because he allegedly fought in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine, has submitted a notice of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Interfax reports.
Ukraine, UK, Estonia to mull Indian court's verdict on ship guards
Ukrainian diplomats intend to discuss with British and Estonian colleagues the verdict passed by an Indian court on crew and maritime guards of the Seaman Guard Ohio, Yevhen Ignatovsky from the consular service department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
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
Prague 1968: «Long live free Estonia!»
In 1968 as Soviet tanks pushed bask an uprising against communist rule in Prague, Czechoslovakia, as Soviet tank crewman startled locals by shouting «Long live free Estonia!» in English.
21.12.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: the Kremlin TV show
In an interview to Postimees in November, a leading Russian media expert Valeri Solovei said he had no idea when the state propaganda effect would weaken on Russia's society but he guessed there would be a glitch in the system someday. Looks like this is troubling the very leaders in Russia in these days of dark clouds gathering on home turf. The grumbling is growing louder. Increasingly, protest actions pop up in various corners of Russia.
Govt decides to extradite citizen who fought on side of separatists in Ukraine
The Estonian government decided at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting to extradite to Ukraine an Estonian man declared suspect in terrorism in connection with allegations that he has fought in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine, spokespeople for the government said.
In Ukraine, society outperforms state
Inconsistent and unsystematic approach wherefore the society fails to function, sounds the straightforward verdict on Ukrainian development by double Olympic bronze medalist Jüri Tamm in his Kiev office. With compassion, though, as the man is a great patriot of the renewed Ukraine.
27.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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.
Editorial: don't forget Ukraine
In the wake of Paris terrorist attacks, the voices of those concerned about Ukraine have again spoken up: while having compassion on the victims in Paris, they worried that the scattered public opinion would further drift from events in Ukraine. Indeed, nit just the attacks in Paris but the refugee crisis in Europe and the situation in Syria have taken Ukraine off the Western orbit. Meanwhile, support from the West is almost the only thing Ukraine may hope in right now. But the hearts of politicians are where the public focus is. And the heart has begun to beat to another rhythm.
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 Niitra
Ukraina valitsusväed ja separatistid vahetasid omavahel 20 sõjavangi
Ukraina relvajõud ja venemeelsed separatistid vahetasid täna 20 sõjavangi lootuses, et see hea tahte ilming aitab kaasa rahukõnelustele.
Estonia eyes engagement against ISIS
At defence ministry, ideas have been put into writing regarding Estonia's options between three likely foreign missions looming. A scenario would take our soldiers back to Iraq, to train combatants fighting Islamic State.
26.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: Europe, pay up for your defence
At NATO summit in Wales a year ago, all 28 members vowed to boost defence spending to a minimum of 2 percent of gross domestic produce in ten years. Think-tank Carnegie Europe's analysis «The Politics of 2 Percent: NATO and the Security Vacuum in Europe» compiled for its first anniversary finds the hope all reach the goal is overly optimistic. The analysis underlines the thus greater need to focus on what Europe needs to do to fill the vacuum.
Members of Estonian special forces to help train Ukrainian military
Members of the special operations forces of Estonia will start service in Ukraine this fall to help train Ukrainian military personnel alongside other allies.
Editorial: who pulled the trigger?
By Dutch led investigation into Boeing 777-200 of Malaysia Airlines shot down above East-Ukraine on July 17th 2014, no explicit answer was provided as to who pulled the trigger to bring death to 298 people. What we do know is that Russia has stoked and stirred the events indirectly and directly causing the calamity.
USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defence
The swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
08.09.2015, Jürgen TammePM
Editorial: building better border
Judging by the endeavors planning and building Estonia-Russia border, a high tech fence might help secure the Eastern edge of EU in near future.
Millions of taxpayer euros and many years later, magic start-up not on market yet
Having secured over €2.5m from Enterprise Estonia four years ago, the start-up claims to have completed the promised technology called MagicSIM. Alas, the masses are still waiting.
11.08.2015, Aivar PauPM
Editorial: cheese laid to rest
Last Thursday, massive and demonstrative imported food destroying action was launched in Russia against stuff falling under countersanctions category.
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
Refugee reception in precautious preliminary preparation
While local leaders listen rather placidly to soothing talks by ministers responsible to receive the migrants, Vao asylum seekers center chief harbors painful memories from recent meeting in South Estonia.
23.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: MH17 murderers must suffer consequences
A year ago tomorrow, on July 17th, murderers yet to face court shot down a Malaysian Boeing 777 over Eastern Ukraine flying te Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur line. All 298 on board perished. Mostly Dutch, but with various nationalities represented.
Holland will hold memorial ceremony participated by heads of states and relatives to victims. The tragedy will be remembered in various corners of the world.
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 boat people – a shared EU burden
Stuffed into boats, refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean. Last year alone, 278,000 illegal EU border crossings were registered in the region. On their way to Europe, about 3,000 lost their lives. This year, the numbers are on the increase and, already, close to 2,500 have perished. Formerly regarded as a burden for the countries of destination, the crowds coming have swelled so large as to trigger the issue of EU responsibility.
Interview with Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture Oleksiy Pavlenko
The following is the transcript of the interview Ukraine's Minister of Agriculture Oleksiy Pavlenko gave to BNS at the Agroforum Mare Balticum conference on April 15.
Alexander Borodai key figure in abduction of Asson
A key figure at hostage taking of Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers, including the Estonian Tõnis Asson, was the self-proclaimed prime minister of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Borodai, Security Police writes in annual review.
14.04.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Health hazarded to rescue Mom from Ukraine
At end of winter Yulia Yanpol, from Tallinn, travelled to Ukraine to save her Mother from the threat of fighting at the cost of own health – three days in intensive care far from home.
13.04.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
Nordic cos reach agreement on tightening cooperation, including with Baltics
The Nordic countries have agreed to tighten cooperation, including with the Baltic countries, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten reports.
Estonia to give EUR 200,000 to aid internal refugees in Ukraine
Estonia is to support with 200,000 euros relieving the situation of Ukraine's internal refugees through the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF.
Ukraine: Russian general born in Narva, Estonia commanding separatists in Donbass
According to the Ukrainian security service SBU, a Russian major general born in the Estonian border city Narva, Alexei Zavizyon, is commanding separatists in Donbass.
Ilves commends German, French leaders for Minsk agreements
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday voiced appreciation of the efforts made by the leaders of Germany and France to reach an agreement at the Minsk negotiations, saying that what has been achieved is a fragile step toward restoring the order of peaceful coexistence.
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.
Battle front Ukrainian country living: no money, no power, no state
It just so happened I’d forgotten about the bar of Snickers in my overcoat pocket, purchased half way from Kiev to the front. I gave it to Sofia. Grasping it in her gloves, she observed the thing with suspicion. And burst out laughing, happily. They wholehearted way kids do when no older that two years and half.
10.02.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: much more than Ukraine at stake
The Friday to Sunday Munich security conference is best summed up by two conflicts, solution to which reaches beyond the destiny of Ukraine and far across EU/NATO borders.
Photo reporting by Jaanus Piirsalu: life at check-point Bridge
Dwelling for three days at Kamikaze-post in the heart of Eastern-Ukrainian warzone, Postimees reporter Jaanus Piirsalu ventured to shoot some pictures of a strategic nearby check-point Bridge – under the half-finished Donetsk roundabout.
05.02.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Personal battlefront wisdom: main thing’s staying alive!
Again, the silence felt way too long. None of us was overly keen to venture outside, to smoke or even to ease oneself. Better to patiently endure...
04.02.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: help needed to arm Ukraine
This Monday, US foreign policy experts published a report saying the government should provide Ukraine military assistance for $1bn yearly in 2015–2017. They are talking radars, drones, communications, medical equipment, as well as lethal arms assistance such as light missiles to repel enemy armoured vehicles.
Editorial: expand the sanctions
Till last week but one, with a measure of confidence one may have predicted that the year ahead would see lively discussions within European Union about easing the sanctions set to keep Russia in check. By its behaviour last week, the Kremlin has done away with any arguments for the latter. By now, even those wilfully blind should see that the peace agreement isn’t being honoured – neither by the Kremlin, not by the separatists it backs.
MEP Paet: World cannot look on as situation in Ukraine escalates
Commenting on the attack on the Ukrainian port town Mariupol, member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet said the European Union and the rest of the democratic world cannot look on as the situation in Ukraine is escalating.
Estonia to send EUR 120,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine this week
Estonia is about to send humanitarian aid worth more than 120,000 euros, including generators, sleeping bags, camp beds and hospital beds to Ukraine this week.
George Soros: there is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine
There is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine. I have been arguing for a two-pronged approach that balances the sanctions against Russia with assistance for Ukraine on a much larger scale.
08.01.2015, George SorosPM
Donated piano arrives in Slovyansk, waits to be tuned
A brand new Estonia piano the Estonian National Opera donated to the Slovyansk School of Fine Arts has arrived in Ukraine and is waiting to be tuned, the Slovyansk media channel 6262 reported.
Russian economic geographer: propaganda still beats price rise
The massive propaganda has already done its job: economic crisis and price rise alone aren’t enough to make the average Russian doubt the Putin/Kremlin policy, much less protest against it, says a leading expert on life in Russia’s regions, Professor Natalya Zubarevich (60).
18.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Allied forces to remain in Estonia
Yesterday’s NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels was the first after the alliance’s September summit in Wales. While three months back the vision was laid down to strengthen collective defence, yesterday an overview was provided on advancement thus far.
03.12.2014, Jürgen TammePM
Editorial: Moldova maintains trend towards Europe
At 90 percent of votes counted since Sunday election in Moldova, pro-European parties were predicted a tally of 56-58 seats at parliament and the Russia-minded to settle at 43-44. With 101 seats all in all, just like in Estonia, the next Moldovan government will probably lean towards the EU and the West, to continue on current path of integration.
Sanatorium tried to snatch aid from before the kids
Last Friday, humanitarian aid sent by Estonian foreign ministry arrived in Southern Ukraine. The children invited to receive it had to leave the sanatorium empty-handed.
26.11.2014, Marian MänniPM
Sanctions no big damage to EU
European Commission Deputy Secretary-General Henrik Hololei says repercussions from Russian sanctions do show most in EU agriculture, but financial indicators reveal technology to be worst affected.
11.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: Mistral – the «information carrier»
For information warriors in Moscow, France-Russia Mistral class helicopter carrier sales agreement is a card played with great gusto, aimed to undermine free world unity. Should the issue slightly fade, a Russian deputy prime minister will leak some paper – about first of the vessels to be delivered on November 14th – to then be refuted by the French.
Editorial: victory for Ukraine
The Sunday elections in Ukraine were a success. While final results are still pending – in a large country and a complicated situation, the votes take days to count – it’s obvious by now the elections by and large were free, democratic and outright excellent as an example of pluralism.
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: time for kindness!
Strolling down a department store in Estonia, many are the tempting fragrances the nostrils notice – an abundance of sensations for the prodigal buyer and the stingy abstainer alike.
Estonia increasingly sought as shelter from war
Russian aggression in Ukraine has markedly raised numbers of asylum-seeking refugees.
23.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Anti-Putin rally at Russian Embassy, Tallinn
Yesterday, IRL (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) nationalists, Ants Erm and News from Ukraine held a «Stop Putin!» picket in front of the Russian Embassy. Some two dozen participated, chanting «Freedom for Ukraine», «Freedom for Eston Kohver», and «Down with Putin».
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
US expert: Poroshenko’s military move eastward a mistake
By launching a military campaign against separatists, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made a mistake, Postimees is told by Matthew Rojansky, an analyst at the reputable US Wilson Centre think-tank and recent speaker at Riga Security Conference.
16.09.2014, Kadri VeermäePM
Visit draws much attention
US President Barack Obama’s Wednesday visit to Tallinn was covered by numerous international printed and online media. Underneath, find a selection of excerpts.
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
Ilves and Obama: Ukraine needs political support
At today’s joint press conference in Tallinn, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his US counterpart Barack Obama underlined the urgent need of Ukraine for political support.
03.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: welcome, Mr President!
Today’s visit to Estonia by the US President Barack Obama carries many a message, which we will gather into one: how do these messages help Russia’s neighbours – the three Baltics included – feel secure. An American thinker William James, dating back to beginning of the 20th century, was of the opinion that to understand anything the right backdrop is needed. So let’s look at today’s visit in the fitting context.
Ilves: the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia was our first priority
What's happening today in Ukraine only serves to prove how important it was to get the occupying Russian troops withdrawn from Estonia and how correct our behaviour was, said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, today at a rally to recall the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia on 31 August 1994.
Editorial: denial of Russian invasion increasingly impossible
This past Thursday may have been quite a marker in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Even before, a large part of Europe realised Russia was responsible for military aid provided to separatists and their own troops trampling on neighbouring country soil; still, military operations in Ukraine were but semi-public. Since yesterday, the Russian presence in Eastern Ukraine is a lot more open – and aggressive.
29.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Ilves: Ukraine is under attack by the armed forces of the Russian Federation
Ukraine is under attack by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said.
Minister calls on bankers and traders to help producers
Banks and retail chains ready to extend helping hands towards Estonian farmers and food producers plagued by Russian sanctions.
13.08.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: Trojan Truck
Russian role thus far undermines trust towards alleged humanitarian convoy.
Russia-West relations a reminder of Cold War
In the two initial days of this week, relations between Russia and the West fell to a low last seen in mid-1980ies.
31.07.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: hogs worth fighting for
Pity the pig farmers: in the heat of the summer, chilly winds are howling from the south. Last week already, a dread epidemic – the African pig plague – had made it to Northern Latvia, nearing Estonian borderline. Alas, despite all measures taken and planned there’s small chance we will escape untouched.
Russia bringing attack aircraft into Belarus
Up close to Lithuania’s side, the Russian planes would reach Šiauliai air base before its NATO fighters manage to take off.
29.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: the West must get her act together
«As Europe, we did far less than minimally needed to alter activities by Russia in each phase of this crisis,» said Poland’s foreign minister Radek Sikorski in a recent interview. According to him, Europe ought to have shown solidarity with Ukraine in 2013 already – then, maybe, the escalation could have been avoided.
President Ilves expressed condolences to the Netherlands
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, on Monday visited the Netherlands Embassy in Tallinn and made an entry into a book of condolences, which was opened after the crash of a Malaysia Airlines airplane above Eastern Ukraine.
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.
Estonians eager to team up for forensic analysis
Estonian experts stand in readiness to help identify passengers who perished in the Malaysia Airlines airplane shot down above Eastern Ukraine last Thursday, 193 of whom were citizens of Holland.
22.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Eerik-Niiles Kross: Ukraine facing a hot August
What might be Russia’s next military move in Ukraine? At the moment, the question causes sleepless nights in Kiev and, hopefully, in NATO and Washington too, writes security analyst Eerik-Niiles Kross (IRL). And offers three main versions of what might be in store.
17.07.2014, Eerik-Niiles KrossPM
Ilves expressed his condolences to the President of Ukraine
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expressed his condolences to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and to the loved ones of the 49 people who perished on Sunday night on board an Ukrainian military transport aircraft that was shot down by separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
Editorial: «people’s republics» reveal real nature
Yet another apprehension of OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) special mission observers in Eastern Ukraine serves to vividly demonstrate the ills of the wilful destabilisation of the country by self-styled «people’s republics».
Estonian OSCE observer kidnapped in Eastern Ukraine
The last contact with four OSCE observers patrolling Ukraine dates back to Monday night. So far, kidnappers haven’t voiced demands.
28.05.2014, Peeter RaudsikPM
Ilves wishes new Ukrainian head of state success in reuniting country
«My sincere congratulations on behalf of everyone in Estonia on your overwhelming victory in the Ukrainian presidential elections,» wrote Estonian head of state Toomas Hendrik Ilves to Petro Poroshenko, the newly elected president of Ukraine.
Estonia considers the rapid improvement of the security situation in Ukraine to be crucial
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet along with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard met today in Kyiv with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseni Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia.
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
Mercenaries from the West and a bar destroyed to amuse Ukrainians
After several busy days in Eastern-Ukraine and meeting lots of people one unavoidably wonders whether central government in Kiev will ever be able to reverse the situation in this region.
16.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Jean-Claude Juncker: Ukrainian Lessons
The challenge the Ukrainian crisis poses to the European Union's foreign and security policy can be precisely measured: 50 metres - the distance between the Justus Lipsius building where the heads of EU governments hold their regular summits, and the Berlaymont headquarters of the European Commission just across the road.
15.05.2014, Jean-Claude JunckerPM
Editorial: the mythologies of May
Yesterday, the West celebrated 69 since end of WW2 battles, in Europe. Memorial services were also held in Estonia. At Maarjamäe Memorial in Tallinn, a representative of the government laid wreaths in honour of those the war took. Servicemen of the Defence Forces thus also honoured the fallen among the Red Army at the military graveyard, also decorating with wreaths the Nazi victims’ memorial at Rahumäe Jewish Cemetery.
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
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
A psychological portrait of Putin
A psychological portrait of Putin, as painted by Tiit Kärner, senior research fellow at Institute of Physics, University of Tartu.
06.05.2014, Tiit KärnerPM
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
Ilves and US senators: EU and NATO must stand up against the activities of Russia in Ukraine
«Russia's military activities in Ukraine, changing the borders of countries, justifying the occupation of Crimea with a fake referendum and applying continued pressure on rebuilding Ukraine as a state – this is how Russia itself is complicating its co-operation with Europe and the USA,» stated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at his meeting last night with John McCain and John Hoeven, influential senators from the United States of America.
Editorial: Russia trying to keep Ukraine unstable
These past days, the issue is sharply up: how to prevent a large-scale armed conflict in Ukraine leading to casualties and other unpredictable consequences.
Ukraine not reckoned in Estonian economic forecast
Probably, the freshly cut 2014 economic forecast by finance ministry is still too optimistic.
08.04.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Young Ukrainian: Maidan was a huge change
According to Oleksii Renkas, from Bila Tserkva, Kiev Oblast, the events of past month have united Ukrainians together.
08.04.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
Ilves: we have kept pressing the snooze button to postpone awakening
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who gave a presentation at the influential Brussels Forum, reproached the European Union for its slow and cautious joint counter steps following Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
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: effectiveness more essential than items in treaty
The new government (if formed) is not blessed with comfy times to enter office. One thing to write stuff in coalition treaty – another matter what months ahead may bring in the shaky world next door, as also pertains to our economic environment. Clearly, the coalition-to-be-created must stand ready to react, swiftly and flexibly, to changing circumstances. Just like the two governments of Mart Laar, and the second one of Andrus Ansip’s.
Ilves: era of peace is over
Representatives of Estonia and Poland express deepest concern over wider implications of events in Ukraine.
19.03.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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.
In Tallinn, a trumpet call to end aggression against Ukraine
Yesterday, a concert in support of Ukraine took place on Freedom Square, Tallinn. During the event, non-governmental organisations of Estonia presented a declaration demanding end of the aggression against Ukraine. The declaration was signed by Congress of Ukrainians in Estonia, Estonian Institute of Human Rights, Federation of Estonian Student Unions, Youth Association Open Republic, and Open Estonia Foundation.
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.
Ashton-Paet phone call leaked to YouTube
A February 26th telephone call between Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Estonian defence minister Urmas Paet – touching events in Kiev, Ukraine – was recorded, and leaked into the internet YouTube environment yesterday. The publication of the call may have been facilitated by secret services of some third country.
06.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: who are the quislings, in Estonia?
Edgar Savisaar, Mayor of Tallinn, did have the chance to not utter his views regarding Russian aggression and other events to do with Ukraine. He did have the chance to limit himself to a hazy statement like «the situation is worrisome» or at least be quiet. Why does he have to promptly approve Putin’s war propaganda? Why did he almost perfectly mimic the Kremlin position, as presented by Vitali Churkin, Russian permanent representative to the United Nations? What makes the mayor of a European city talk the talk that repeats Putin’s self-justifications after his recent aggression?
Estonian entrepreneurs head for Ukraine to save business
Shrinking value of local currency sets question mark over solvency of Estonians’ partners in Ukraine.
04.03.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Laaneots: Russia to stay in Crimea
According to Retired General Ants Laaneots, former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wants to pressure the Ukrainian government to step down, but does not desire war and bloodshed.
04.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia says events in Crimea «invasion and occupation»
National Defence Council, an advisory body with the President of Estonia, this Sunday condemned Russia’s aggression in Crimea, Ukraine, and supported strongest measures by European Union and NATO against military activities of Russia.
03.03.2014, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: Russia seeking to split Ukraine via Crimea
Just as Kiev gets a new government led by Arseniy Yatseniuk and is about to create a semblance of order out of chaos, a string of intense news keeps coming from Crimea and Russia.
Ilves: EU must demonstrate convincingly what is important to us
While mourning and commemorating with the Ukrainian people the victims of February 18 and 19 in Kyiv, we are determined to halt the violence in Ukraine, said president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Editorial: a nation that values freedom more than money
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
William Somerset Maugham
Iulii Selianko: Is this the end of the political crisis in Ukraine?
Currently the situation in Ukraine appears much calmer. However, it is the lull before the storm. The political crisis in Ukraine will not end even after the government resignation, the annulment of the unconstitutional laws that were adopted on January 16, and the vote on ‘amnesty’ law on January 29.
03.02.2014, Iulii SeliankoPM
Editorial: Ukrainian poker
EU-Russian border-line at Independence Square, Kiev
Editorial: fear of Kremlin scores point over European values
By losing control over Ukraine, Russia would cease being an empire, said the great foreign-political thinker Zbigniew Brzezinski who, in 1977–1981, acted as security adviser for the US president Jimmy Carter (the very idea referred to, in today’s story, by Postimees’ Moscow columnist Jüri Maloverjan).
Ilves met with Saakašvili
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is attending the opening week of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), met in New York with the President of Georgia, Mihheil Saakašvili, and took part in a discussion concerning Ukraine, which was organised by Poland.
Analysis: Estonia invests little in development cooperation partners
Estonia's investments in countries that are partners to it in development cooperation are modest and of the partner countries Estonian companies have invested the most in Ukraine and Belarus, a study presented by the Praxis center for policy studies on Friday indicates.
Estonian PM: Visa talks between Ukraine, EU must continue
Visa facilitation talks between the European Union and Ukraine, a strategic partner of the EU, must continue, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said at a meeting with the Ukrainian head of state, Viktor Yanukovych, in Kiev on Friday.
Commission to solve Estonian gaming group's damages claim to be set up in Ukraine
The listed Estonian gaming company Olympic Entertainment Group came to an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities on Friday on establishing a commission to resolve the group's 38.5 million euro claim for damages arising from the closure of its Ukrainian businesses in 2009.
Swedbank lõpetab tegevuse Ukrainas ja Venemaal
Swedbank otsustas lõpetada tegevuse Ukrainas ja Venemaal ning müüb oma Ukraina tütarfirma Delta Banki omanikule Mykola Lagunile.
01.04.2013, Kaja KoovitSak
Ukrainlased tulid Eestisse luurele
14 Ukraina turismifirmade esindajat Tšernigivist, Dnipropetrovskist ja Kiievist viibivad sel nädal Viljandi-, Valga-, Põlva- ja Tartumaal, tutvudes siinse piirkonna ja maaturismiga.
27.07.2012, Egon Valdaru
Ukraina justiitsminister sõidab varastatud Mercedesega
Ukraina riigiduuma saadik Valeri Konovaljuk tegi täna teatavaks kurioosse tõsiasja: Ukraina justiitsminister Aleksander Lavrinovitš sõidab ringi varastatud Mercedesega!
06.12.2011, Adele Pao
Ukrainas põhjustas katkine katus kemikaalilaos suure põlengu
Ukrainas süttis täna mürkkemikaalide ladu, põlengu põhjuseks peetakse keemilist reaktsiooni, mis sai alguse katkisest katusest sisse sadanud veest.
09.02.2009, Hanneli Rudi
Ukrainas süttis laskemoonaladu
Ukrainas Harkivi oblastis süttis kolmapäeval sõjaväeosa territooriumil asuv laskemoonaladu