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Could Estonia be the next target of Russian annexation?
At a cursory glance, Estonia's Ida-Viru County bears some concerning similarities to Crimea. It is predominantly Russian speaking, is located in Russia's shadow, and has a long history tied to its neighbor. But Aleksandr Dusman insists that Ida-Viru County will not willingly break away from Estonia to seek the Kremlin's embrace the way Crimea did. “Not going to happen,” says Mr. Dusman, a ...
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:48:13 -0700

Estonia's new PM says Russia sanctions would hurt, but may be needed
By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonia's new prime minister said on Tuesday that imposing economic sanctions on Russia would hurt European Union countries, but might be needed to send a strong message to Moscow. Taavi Roivas, who became prime minister of the Baltic state - an EU member that was formerly part of the Soviet Union - in late March, said it was vital for the EU to show unity ...
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:30:10 -0700

US Senator McCain mocks EU's Russia sanctions
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Sen. John McCain of Arizona has dismissed the European Union's sanctions on Russia following the crisis in Ukraine as "almost a joke" during a tour of the Baltic countries.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:14:12 -0700

Moscow rattles Estonia with talk of 'concern' for its Russian population
Russia says it is worried that a former Soviet republic isn't doing enough to protect its large ethnic Russian population. The tiny Baltic state is a member of both NATO and the European Union. “I believe that most Estonians are neither hysterical nor surprised by President Putin’s behavior in Crimea,” says Eiki Berg, a professor of international relations at the University of Tartu, Estonia’s ...
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:01:05 -0700

Putin's 21-Year Quest to Be Russian Guardian Began in Estonia
Two decades before seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin showed his willingness to challenge the post-Cold War order in defense of Russians in Estonia, a country now bracing for the possibility he may go even further. In 1993, as the St. Petersburg official running foreign affairs, the former KGB colonel helped the Russian majority in the Estonian border city of Narva approve a referendum on autonomy ...
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:33:26 -0700

Report: US ground troops to be sent to Poland, Estonia
Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:25:05 -0700

BaltCap Private-Equity Investor Funds Lithuanian Wind Farm
BaltCap, a private-equity investor in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, put 1.5 million euros ($2 million) into developing a wind farm in western Lithuania.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:59:03 -0700

Estonia Calls for More NATO Presence
Estonia is worried by Russia's actions in Ukraine and favors increased military presence on its territory as a security measure. The President of the Baltic country, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, told CNN that the unpredictability of Russia's actions means the region is in need of more security. "We need more exercises. We think that the decision to increase the number of planes providing air policing ...
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:14:27 -0700

Putin's 21-Year Quest to Be Guardian of Russians Began in Estonia
Two decades before seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin showed his willingness to challenge the post-Cold War order in defense of Russians in Estonia, a country now bracing for the possibility he may go even further. In 1993, as the St. Petersburg official running foreign affairs, the former KGB colonel helped the Russian majority in the Estonian border city of Narva approve a referendum on autonomy ...
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:00:01 -0700

Baltics mull joint TV channel to counter Kremlin's line
Europe's Baltic states are in talks to set up their own Russian-language television channel in a bid to counter the deluge of propaganda aimed at their ethnic Russian populations by Moscow-backed media. Numerous Russian-language media outlets already exist in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but most emanate from Russia and toe its line on politics and history -- sensitive issues in a region that ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:47:19 -0700


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