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  • Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia
    security in the broadest sense of the word This means containing an aggressive Russia but it also means energy and cyber security This means good economic relations foreign investments in Estonia Estonia s good reputation and entrepreneurs interests In addition good transatlantic relations Kaljurand believes security threats are not comparable and each threat has must be addressed separately Russia s aggression against Ukraine has changed the European security picture she continued The same goes for terrorism that has truly arrived in Europe It was only recently a terrorist attack was committed in Turkey We must take into account that terrorism exists and is expanding There are many more threats to security than those two and I would include cyber threats in this list Not a single cyber attack has yet caused human deaths but we do not know when such a thing might happen If it happens how where and under which circumstances We must be prepared for this danger as well As regarding the release of the Estonian security official Eston Kohver who has been detained in Russia Kaljurand emphasised work must continue although the situation remains politically delicate Since the moment Eston Kohver was snatched from Estonian territory everything Russia has done has been illegal We have no illusions about Eston Kohver being given a fair trial But it s not merely a question of administration of justice What can we do We can try to make his stay in prison as tolerable as possible There is reason to assume that Kohver will be found guilty and be given a long sentence but this does not change the Foreign Ministry s activity We will continue to work she concluded Comments Related Articles Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons

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  • Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites
    port but in the 1930s it was filled in The NHB s senior inspector of underwater heritage Maili Roio said According to preliminary data three ships are located in the former seabed sediment which has been covered by almost four meters of thick infilling The NHB now hope to dig out and preserve the ships and it is hoped one day put them on display Metro Capital s chief executive Mart Habakuk described the moment the team found the first ship One day a digger collided against something in the ground Men stopped the work to have a look and it was immediately clear that it was something historical and we called the National Heritage Board Several days later another ship was found at the other end of the construction site and X rays have revealed there could also be a third ship Mr Habakuk said We are currently working under the guidance of the National Heritage Board to dig the wrecks out and will then continue with normal construction work The Tivoli residential area is 200 metres from the sea front near the Pirita beach promenade Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Siil exercise success ends fully professional army debate Estonia defence minister Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an

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  • Go Rail ends Tallinn-Moscow service for economic reasons
    its service from the Estonian capital to St Petersburg earlier this month meaning that there are now no direct rail services from Estonia to Russia Go Rail s manager Alar Pinsel expressed the hope that the talks between Estonian Railways Co and Russian Railways for further servicing of the Tallinn Moscow route will be successful and the historic rail connection between the capitals of the two neighbouring countries will be maintained It is not possible for a private company that operates only on its own means to continue operating the route for economic reasons said Go Rail Go Rail thanks all the 2 5 million passengers who the company has had the honour to service since 1998 Eesti Raudtee Estonian Railways in cooperation with Russian Railways RZD is also looking for a new solution to keep passenger train traffic between Tallinn and Moscow going Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Siil exercise success ends fully professional army debate Estonia defence minister Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The

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  • Siil exercise success ends fully professional army debate: Estonia defence minister
    a fully professional army I observed the planning of the exercises and the course of the exercises very closely The Estonian state defence model works very well said Mikser I can confirm already even before thorough conclusions have been compiled that Siil 2015 was a success The Estonian mobilisation system works and motivation to defend the nation is high Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Riho Terras and the Defence Forces Headquarters deserve the grade excellent for successfully passing such an important exam According to the Minister lessons learned from the exercise will be further analysed in order to help develop the reserve army and the mobilisation system Mikser said he is grateful to the reservists Defence League members and their employers for the significant contribution they have made to Estonia s military defence The military exercise Siil 2015 which started on 4 May and will continue until tomorrow 15 May has involved more than 13 000 reservists Defence League members conscripts professional military and military of the allies Reservists have made up more than half of the participants Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is

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  • Riigikogu Chairman: question not whether, but how Estonia should receive refugees
    In this way we can make Europe more unified and also be sure that others will come to help us without hesitation if we need it he added At the Migration Forum the immigration and asylum policies of the European Union will be discussed as well as the experience of different European countries in receiving the refugees The EU has proposed the idea of quotas of immigrants for member states after a recent surge in the number of refugees seeking entry to Europe Over 1 500 people have died this year alone trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea Speaking about the same subject to the radio station Vikerraadio Estonian Interior Ministry Internal Security Permanent Undersecretary Erkki Koort predicted that Estonia would receive only a moderate number of refugee applications He said that in setting quotas Brussels would be sure first to consider how many asylum applications have been submitted to the specific member state the number of refugees accepted by the country and the state s population Certainly the bigger the country the higher its quota What it will be is very difficult to say at the moment said Koort He added that even the tiny country of Lichtenstein has received a lot more asylum applications than Estonia Koort explained that Estonia is not currently perceived as an attractive country by refugees The image has been influenced by the country s chilly climate and relatively low social benefits as well as the absence of existing communities from their countries In Estonia s case we are certainly not talking about hundreds or thousands rather about dozens said Koort estimating the number of migrants who would be assigned to Estonia Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn

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  • Ilves at Siil defence exercise: I saw Estonia's strength, power and skill
    the highest commander of national defence met with Estonian units and staff officers and with allied forces members of a Belgian air defence unit and a U S tank unit I would like to thank all the reservists who attended the exercise and their employers who have ensured that the participants of Siil Steadfast Javelin will not be docked wages I also thank all the locals who allowed the exercise to take part on their land for their assistance and understanding said the Head of State I saw strength power and skill I saw our professional defence force members and their smooth co operation with our allies I saw a well protected Estonia President Ilves went on Siil Steadfast Javelin began in various locations all over Estonia on Monday last week and will run until Friday 15 May This is the largest mobilisation exercise that the Estonian Defence Forces have carried out to date Siil Steadfast Javelin is taking place instead of the annual Spring Storm and involves over 7 000 reserve force members and 13 000 reservists conscripts active servicemen and Allied troops Reservists play the most important role in making the exercise a success as they contribute more than half of the participating troops In total Siil Steadfast Javelin has brought more than 60 reservists from 12 foreign countries to Estonia the largest number of whom arrived from Finland and Sweden Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour

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  • Lennart Meri Conference examines uncertain Global Future
    speakers seemed timid in their choice of discussion topics as if the presence of key governmental figures and many European journalists looking for a soundbite for a story was giving them pause The effect as in some other discussions in the conference was almost to rubber stamp existing EU government statements on the future of Ukraine and the Baltic states rather than offer open scholarly debate though perhaps that was to be expected given the scrutiny placed on this event Reflecting the impossibility in today s Russia of any counter argument to that of President Putin Estonian President Ilves who played a central role in recruiting speakers and delegates to the conference asked Ilya Ponomarev a member of the Russian State Duma to attend Ponomarev a former vice president of the Yukos oil company in Russia has a proud recent parliamentary record having voted against the so called Gay Propaganda Law in 2014 also opposing in the Duma the accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation Ponomarev s assistant Anastasia Popova like her boss was given what she described as friendly advice to leave Russia in 2014 due to her political activism Currently in exile in the United States Popova is considering her next steps I really do want to get back to my country I m a Russian person and a Russian politician and even outside of Russia I m working with the Russian diaspora working with people who also want to get back to Russia They still have some business there I do believe that in a couple of years it will be possible for people to get back to the country and to rebuild their cultural economic and political bases In an open discussion Ponomarev asserted that he believed there would be some form of aggressive Russian activity after the May 9th holiday in the country The MP then repeated his assessment when speaking to us afterwards He said it is very much probable there will be another set of hostilities There could be different things There could be another offensive in Ukraine it can be the final decision on accepting South Ossetia as part of the Russian Federation it could be something else but I feel sure something will happen because Putin feels extremely humiliated that he was boycotted and when someone tries to ruin his holiday he tries to ruin their lives referring to the widespread boycott of Victory Day celebrations by those opposed to the continuing occupation of Ukraine I don t think May 9th has anything to do with anything contended Kadri Liik Senior Policy Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations in a separate interview with us Having control over its satellite states is actually a much older concept that goes back centuries and that s what makes it so complicated Liik s argument is that it is in Russia s interests to test the limits of the second Minsk Agreement rather than waging all out war As the second Minsk

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  • Estonian government wants to use neglected Linnahall for EU presidency
    given up on it yet but reasonably thinking I can understand that it is very optimistic But not impossible stressed Palo The Ministry of Economy and the state owned port operator company Tallinna Sadam are holding negotiations with the city of Tallinn the owner of Linnahall which is also interested in the construction of the conference centre Ott Sarapuu said that it would also be possible for the EU Presidency to be held without a new conference centre based on rooms existing currently although it would be easier if there was a conference centre that could be used We do not have to aim to do it fast but we need to think about building a conference centre which would be competitive at world level he added Today because Estonia does not have such a large conference centre we lose out on about 50 conferences a year that means 20 000 tourists Revenues associated with it could be about 20 million euros not to mention about 400 new jobs said Palo Renovating Linnahall into a conference centre would cost around 50 70 million euros An alternative would be constructing of a new building next to Linnahall or elsewhere The giant Linnahall complex in central Tallinn which is next to the passenger port was built for the 1980 Olympics as a concert and sports venue but has been left unused and derelict for the past few years The city of Tallinn has held multiple tenders to find a developer for the area but things have not progressed since the investments required are considerable and the site is on the list of protected buildings Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe

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