Posts tagged as Estonia

Defmin: Security net covering Estonia can resist any attack

Monday, May 14, 2018

According to Defense Minister Juri Luik, the large-scale military exercise Siil (Hedgehog) showed that the strong security net covering Estonia can successfully resist any attack. “Siil 2018 was an especially large-scale exercise which was participated in by thousands of military personnel, members of the Defense League (Kaitseliit), reservists, police officers and border guard officials, as well as many volunteers and state officials across Estonia,” Luik was quoted by spokespeople as…

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas at a meeting with his Finnish colleague Juha Sipila held on Monday mainly discussed issues concerning the European Union, reports LETA/BNS.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Topics on the agenda of a meeting held ahead of the joint sitting of the Estonian and Finnish governments in celebration of the 100th anniversary of both countries included the joint interests of the two countries in the European Union, government spokespeople said. The main topic was the European Union 2021-2017 budget plan proposal submitted by the European Commission last week. Ratas admitted that long and difficult negotiations will lie…

President: Siil military exercise shows that Estonia is protected

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

According to President Kersti Kaljulaid who visited the Siil (Hedgehog) large-scale military training exercise on Saturday, the exercise assured her that Estonia is protected. “I saw professional active service personnel, motivated reservists, skilled conscripts and allied forces at Siil — and I was once again assured that Estonia is protected,” Kaljulaid said on social media. “I thank all the 15,000+ participants for defending Estonia. And a big thank you also…

Japanese defense minister visits Estonia for first time

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL) met with Japanese colleague Itsunori Onodera in Tallinn on Sunday to discuss bilateral defense relations as well as the global security situation. Onodera’s visit marked the first by a Japanese defense minister to Estonia. The meeting focused on cyber cooperation between Estonia and Japan, the ministry said in a press release. “Estonia and Japan’s views on security are similar because, despite the great distance…

Estonian minehunter to participate in Baltic Fortress exercise in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The EML Ugandi (M315), a minehunter of the Estonian Navy, will participate in the maritime military exercise Baltic Fortress in Lithuania this week, where the focus will be on practicing the protection of seaways leading to the Port of Klaipėda. “The navies of the three Baltic countries at the exercise will jointly practice fulfilling tasks of strategic importance at the exercise,” Cmdr. Peeter Ivask, commander of the Estonian Navy, was…

Estonian cyber security company among the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Estonian cyber security company, CybExer Technologies, has been selected as one of the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge. In its third annual iteration, the NATO agency’s contest highlights new technologies that strengthen the alliance’s cyber capabilities and serve as a reference point for defence companies around the world. Small and medium-sized businesses as well as academics from 29 NATO member states participated in this year’s contest that…

Snap exercise for 223 reservists announced as part of Siil exercise

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The government of Estonia decided on Thursday to call up 223 reservists to participate in the ongoing large-scale Siil exercise. The snap exercise is running from Thursday to Sunday this week, while Siil still continues until May 14. The government followed the proposal of commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to mobilize 223 members of the reserve units of the 92nd Air Surveillance Wing. The snap exercise, like previous ones…

Is it possible for Estonian hedgehog to defeat Russian bear?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

This year’s Siil (“hedgehog”) exercise will include up to 15,000 members of the Estonian Defence Forces, the Defence League, the Women’s Voluntary Defence Organization, the Police and Border Guard, the Rescue Board, and NATO allied personnel. The exercise starts today Wednesday and ends on May 14. Commander of the EDF Gen. Riho Terras explained that Siil is primarily a territorial defense exercise, in which the volunteers of Defence League play…

Sikkut joins Social Democrats as party names her Ossinovski’s successor

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The leadership of the Social Democrats on Wednesday supported Riina Sikkut’s candidacy to follow party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski as minister of health and labor. Sikkut previously worked as a government advisor on social security, health care, and the labor market. “Sikkut has joined the Social Democratic Party and wants to focus 100 percent on the Estonian society. The leadership supported nominating her as minister, and as it is the Social…

Russia’s behavior sets limits to communication with it

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has assumed an indirectly opposing stance to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, commenting on the latter’s pro-Russia statement by saying that the behavior of the current leadership of Russia is setting limits to communication with Moscow. “The strength of the European Union lies in respecting democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The fact that the leaders of today’s Russia do not share the…