Posts published in Baltic states

NATO chief expresses regret over accidental missile incident in Estonian airspace

Thursday, August 9, 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed regret over Tuesday’s incident where a Spanish Eurofighter jet accidentally fired an air-to-air type AMRAAM missile in the Estonian airspace. “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Aug. 8, 2018 about an incident involving an aircraft taking part in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. The secretary general expressed his regret that this incident took place, and offered NATO’s full…

Conscript injured in grenade blast during training

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A conscript serving in the Viru Infantry Battalion was injured after making an error launching a grenade during training at the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) Sirgala Training Ground in Ida-Viru County. According to initial information, the conscript was practicing throwing hand grenades when a grenade fell from their hand into the trench. Both the conscript and their instructor took cover, however the conscript sustained injureies in the blast, the Headquarters…

Cigarettes contraband levels in Latvia remain the highest among EU member states

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Latvia remains the unfortunate leader among EU member states in terms of cigarette contraband – 21.1% of the total amount, according to data from a survey performed by KPMG last year. «With that, Latvia’s annual losses from unpaid taxes because of cigarette contraband reach approximately EUR 59 million. Although cigarette contraband volumes have declined 1.5% compared to 2016, Latvia remains the only country in the European Union with cigarette contraband…

Accounting firm investigated after acting as intermediary in tank deal

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

An accountancy firm based in Tallinn is being investigated after acting as intermediary in an arms deal between the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, and a company in Cyprus. According to weekly Eesti Ekspress, Georgia wanted to conclude a deal to purchase T-72 tanks, of Ukrainian origin, from the Cypriot-based firm, for a reported €3 million, but the transaction fund were transferred via an Estonian accountancy firm. The transfer raised…

Court finds guilty police officer who forwarded state secret, surveillance info

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Parnu County Court in a compromise procedure on Tuesday found guilty Ilmar Vahi, police captain of the West prefecture of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, who was accused of leaking a state secret, forwarding surveillance information and arbitrarily creating and eliminating evidence. The prosecutor’s office in collaboration with the internal control department of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board detected altogether 12 episodes in which Vahi illegally…

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 30 – August 5, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

On July 30 – August 5 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled eight times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On July 30 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states intercepted an AN-26 flying from Kaliningrad oblast to the mainland of the Russian Federation without…

Lithuania’s SSD advises against using Yandex.Taxi app

Monday, August 6, 2018

Lithuania’s State Security Department recommends people who might be of interest to Russian special services not to use the Yandex.Taxi ride-sharing app. Speaking to BNS Lithuania on Friday, Povilas Poderskis, director of administration at Vilnius Municipality, confirmed that the municipality had received a SSD document listing groups of persons subject to these recommendations. “SSD advises people who might potentially be of interest to Russian special services (as Yandex’s servers are…

Estonian, US experts attend cyber defense exercise

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cyber defense departments of the Defense Ministries of Estonia and the United States carried out a two-day cyber defense exercise, Cyber Fog, this week at the defense forces’ cyber command in Tallinn, the aim of which was to practice cooperation between the two countries’ cyber experts. “Information technology as well as cyber defense concerns the whole defense sphere to an important extent and solely in the area of governance of…

More police officers to be sent to patrol on roads in Estonia

Saturday, August 4, 2018

According to director general of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board Elmar Vaher, the traffic situation in the country is so bad that significantly more police officers will be sent onto the roads already in August, according to the newscast of the Kanal 2 television channel reports writes LETA/BNS. Altogether 49 people have already lost their lives in traffic accidents this year. Vaher said at a meeting with heads…

Dredging of Rukki Channel to cost €780,000

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Estonian Maritime Administration deemed successful an offer made by Inseneriehituse AS for conducting maintenance dredging work in the Rukki Channel, located on the shipping route between the Western Estonian island of Hiiumaa and the mainland. The work is to cost €650,000 exclusive of VAT in the amount of €130,000, making for a total price tag of €780,000, the Maritime Administration said on Friday. In the course of the dredging…