Estonian Embassy in UK :: LATEST NEWS en-us WiseCMS 2.0 EuroDIG 2017 in Tallinn, June 2017 <a href="">EuroDIG&nbsp;2017</a> will take place in Tallinn, 6-7 June and will be hosted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia</a>.&nbsp;EuroDIG&nbsp;is not a conference, it is a year round dialogue on politics and digitisation across the whole European continent which culminates in an annual event. <a href="" target="_blank">More about&nbsp;EuroDIG</a> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:58:09 GMT Chairmen of Foreign and Defence Committees of Parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on a joint visit in London The chairs of foreign affairs committees and national defence committees of the parliaments of the three Baltic States are on a joint visit in London on March 28 and 29. <br>Ambassador Lauri Bambus greeted Hannes Hanso, Marko Mihkelson, Ojārs Kalniņš, Ainars Latkovskis, Juozas Bernatonis and Vytautas Bakas at the Estonian Embassy yesterday.<br><br> <p>The chairs of the foreign affairs committees and national defence committees of the parliaments of the three Baltic States will meet with Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Crispin Blunt and Chair of the Defence Select Committee Julian Lewis. They will also have meetings with Minister of State for Exiting the European Union David Jones, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan, and members of the British parliamentary friendship groups with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.</p><p><br></p><p><img alt="Ühispilt" src="" title="Ühispilt" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0"></p><p><br></p> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:34:30 GMT At the London Book Fair, the baton for the Market Focus countries for next year’s fair will be passed to Estonia <p>Press Release of the Estonian Ministry of Culture </p> <p>14 March 2017</p> <b>The annual London Book Fair will take place this week from March 14th to 16th. The most important event for Estonia will occur on Thursday, when the baton for the fair’s Market Focus countries will be officially passed to the Baltic states, including Estonia. </b> <p>The London Book Fair is one of the most important literary festivals in the world. This year’s guest of honour is Poland.</p> <p><b>Asta Trummel, </b>Adviser for Literature at the Ministry of Culture, said that the London Book Fair is especially important for Estonian literature, because it provides an opportunity to reach a very large number of readers. “Let’s not forget that 25,000 visitors from 124 countries attend the three-day fair. They include publishers, translators, librarians and agents, and everything depends on establishing relations with them,” said Trummel.&nbsp; </p><p>The Advisor for Literature added that being the guest of honour at the London Book Fair has been a long-time dream for Estonia, and it is now coming true for all three Baltic countries simultaneously. “The world views us as a uniform region, although each country’s literature is unique. At the same time, the common focus will make sure that we are not ignored. The competition between countries in the literary world is extremely intense,” Trummel noted.</p> <p>Estonia has made unique presentations at the seminar programmes at the London Book Fair for many years. This year, the focus is on children’s literature. <b>Piret Raud,</b> Estonia’s most translated children’s author, will speak about the challenges and opportunities of writing books for children, and also about the opportunities provided by being both a writer and artist. The works of the following authors will be introduced at this year’s fair: <b>Mihkel Mutt,</b> <b>Meelis Friedenthal</b>, <b>Maarja Kangro</b>, <b>Paavo Matsin</b>, <b>Kai Aareleid</b>, <b>Eeva Park</b>, <b>Ilmar Taska</b> and <b>Andrei Ivanov</b>.</p> <p>Poland, the Market Focus country at the 2017 fair, will hand the baton over to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on <b>Thursday, March 16<sup>th</sup>. </b>The joint visual identity of the three countries will already be presented to the visitors this year. </p> <p>The festival programme is available <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information: </p> <p><b>Meelis Kompus</b><br>Head of the Communication Department, Ministry of Culture<br>+372 5202318<a href=""><br></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:41:28 GMT Estonia 99, Anniversary Concert <a name="top"></a>In co-production with <div> </div><div>City Music Society Young Artists Series<br><br>22 February 1:00 PM </div> <a name="top"><div><img alt="EV99 Concert" src="" title="EV99 Concert" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0"><br><br>Mirjam Mesak, soprano</div><div>Kristiina Rokashevich, piano<br><br></div><div> </div><div>St Bartholomew-the-Great</div><div>West Smithfield</div><div> London</div><div> EC1A 7BE</div></a> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:50:50 GMT Estonia opened an Office of Honorary Consul in Jersey <p>Yesterday, the&nbsp;<em>Estonian ambassador</em>&nbsp;to the United Kingdom Lauri Bambus opened the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Jersey. The Estonian Honorary Consul is Auberon Ashbrooke who works as a lecturer for Highlands College in Jersey for <em>Plymouth University courses and has a strong Estonian connection. At the reception, a piano recital was given by London-based Estonian pianist Sten Heinoja.&nbsp; </em></p> <p>Ambassador Bambus highlighted at the opening ceremony Jersey’s active interest towards the Estonian experience of e-governance and digital identity and confirmed its country’s readiness to cooperate in this field.&nbsp; </p> <p>“Being a small is an advantage when building a digital society. Jersey has an ambition to become a digital leader and I wish you every success when making bold decisions that will set a future path,” Ambassador Lauri Bambus said. </p> <p>During his visit, the Ambassador met the Bailiff, Mr&nbsp;William Bailhache, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, as well as other ministers. He attended the meetings at the Financial Services Commission and the Digital Jersey Hub where <em>in-depth discussions focused on practical cooperation between two countries.<b> </b></em><em></em></p> <p>Auberon Ashbrooke has been the Honorary Consul since September 2016 and his consular region is Channel Islands. His contacts and additional information can be found at&nbsp;the Estonian Foreign Ministry’s website <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>Honorary Consul’s main tasks include providing consular aid to the Estonian citizens and fostering economic and cultural contacts.</p> <p>Photos: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Additional information:<br>Triinu Rajasalu<br>Spokesperson of the Estonian Embassy in London<br>+447920197993 </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:57:33 GMT Britons acquaint themselves with e-residency and opportunities of the Estonian financial technology <p>Today, on 14 November, a business seminar takes place in London that focuses on e-residency and the Estonian financial technology. The event, organised in collaboration with the City of London, was opened by Ambassador Lauri Bambus. </p> <p>Ambassador Bambus emphasised that the UK referendum has created a new reality that entrepreneurs have to take into account. At the same time he urged the audience to think outside the box and find new innovative solutions. “The changing environment makes us take steps that were just recently unthinkable. British businessmen should consider the opportunities of Estonian e-residency,” the Ambassador noted. </p> <p>Counsellor &nbsp;of Economic Affairs, Mare Tropp, brought out the good cooperation between Estonia and the City of London. “When we offered to organise an event to introduce Estonian e-solutions together, they immediately said yes,” the diplomat said. </p> <p>Main speaker at the business seminar is Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. E-residency is introduced by Kaspar Korjus from Enterprise Estonia. A business delegation consisting of 12 people from fintech and IT enterprises, law firms and the Financial Supervision Authority takes part of the event. The seminar is part of a trade mission conducted by the British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) </p> <p>City of London is an organisation with long-standing traditions in the historic centre of London that represents the business and financial centre of the UK. </p><p>Photos: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Additional information:</p> <p>Triinu Rajasalu<br>Spokesperson of the Estonian Embassy in London<br>+447920197993</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:08:27 GMT British Airways to fly to Tallinn starting March 2017 Beginning Mar. 28 next year, British Airways will fly the Tallinn-London route twice a week, Tallinn Airport announced on Tuesday. Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:01:32 GMT Estonian pianist Kristiina Rokashevich playing at Bloomsbury Festival Award-winning Estonian pianist Kristiina Rokashevich is presenting a programme of Schubert, Debussy and Bartok. <h4>Event Details</h4><ul><li><strong>Date:</strong>&nbsp;<time itemprop="startDate" datetime="2016-10-20T19:30:00+01:00">October 20, 2016 7:30 pm</time></li><li><strong>Venue:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="">St Pancras Church</a></li></ul><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:15:08 GMT 25 Years of Restored Diplomatic Relations Celebrated at the FCO Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the FCO Sir Alan Duncan today hosted a reception to celebrate 25 years of restored diplomatic relations between the UK and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The occasion also marked the launch of the Northern & Central Europe Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:25:46 GMT "Dearest Sister" at BFI London Film Festival The 60th BFI London Film Festival was opened yesterday. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to see „Dearest Sister“ (Laos-Estonia-France 2016), one of the genre highlights of the Festival. Come and meet Mattie Do, the first female Lao film director and Tambet Tuisk, the leading actor of the film (Estonia) as well as the Estonian producers in a Q&amp;A session on October 10 at 9 pm at Prince Charles Cinema. The second screening is on October 12 at 3.45 pm at BFI Southbank.<br><br>More info and tickets: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:58:01 GMT Estonian Embassy took part in Open House London festival For the first time, the Estonian Embassy in London took part in Open House London, the capital’s largest festival of architecture and design in the United Kingdom. The Embassy had a pleasure to welcome almost 200 visitors in four groups on 17 September.<br><br><br> Visitors asked many questions about the Estonian nature, a Nordic inspiration of Estonian designers and architects that have performed in their work in the Embassy, process of renovations of the Victorian period building, as well about the current developments in Estonia. <br><br>“We are delighted to see such a vast interest of Londoners and guests of London from different parts of the UK particularly in our Embassy building but also in Estonia generally,” said Ambassador Lauri Bambus. Best questions were awarded with Estonian souvenirs. <br><br>The Embassy would like to thank everyone who visited “Estonia in London” and also Margit Argus from KAOS Architects for talking about the renovation of the building and young talented musicians Mirjam Mesak and Harry Põldra for their musical performances. <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a><a href="" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /> </a></div> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:55:33 GMT Undersecretary Reinart to the UN: we have a duty to protect refugee children <p>Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Väino Reinart reaffirmed at the UN General Assembly’s high-level summit on migration that Estonia is committed to contribute into solving the migration crisis, with focus on refugee children.</p><p>“Several years ago the refugees arriving by boats from the Middle-East and Africa were a concern for just a few European countries. Today it is an urgent issue for the entire world,” Reinart said. He added that Estonia is determined to do its part in finding a long-term solution for the migration crisis. “It is important that we remain unified both in Europe and the world,” he emphasized.</p><p><br> Reinart stressed that child refugees need special attention. “There are around 50 million child refugees in flight from violence and insecurity. This number has increased 77% compared to five years ago,” Reinart said. “Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in the migration crisis and it is our duty to protect them from dangers of the crisis, e.g. human trafficking and xenophobia. We have to remember that child refugees also need attention after arriving to target country – they need access to education, health care and social protection, “ Undersecretary emphasized.</p><p><br> Heads of state and governments also adopted a political declaration during yesterday’s summit on migration that acknowledges a shared responsibility to manage large movements of refugees and migrants in a better manner. According to Reinart it demonstrates continuing need for cooperation and consensus in solving the migration crisis.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Photos:&nbsp;<a class=" icon-external" href=""></a></p><p>Additional information:</p><p>Sandra Kamilova</p><p>Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs</p><p>(+372) 5667 5362; <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:49:55 GMT EU leaders agreed on the way forward <p>Bratislava, 16 September 2016 - The EU heads of state or government agreed on four objectives to allow the EU 27 move forward united.<br><br> The EU leaders agreed that Europe cannot allow the reoccurrence of unmanageable migration flows and needs to ensure more effective control of its external borders as well as providing support for member states in ensuring internal security and fighting terrorism. There is a broad consensus amongst the EU heads of state or government that even greater focus should be given to economic growth.</p><p>“Terrorism, the migration crisis, and economic and social insecurity are issues of great concern for people across Europe and solutions will have to be found,” said Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas. “Today’s meeting agreed a road map for achieving specific results.”</p><p>“There was agreement that common values, peace and stability as well as economic prosperity in a united Europe are huge historical achievements that must be preserved and developed further,” said Rõivas. According to the Prime Minister, the European economy needs a new openness both internally and externally, and free trade agreements and the strengthening of the internal market are the key sources of growth.<br><br>“I am delighted that today’s discussions were conducted in a constructive spirit. Despite the fact that one member state has chosen to leave the EU, we need to act together and focus in an open manner on the major concerns of our citizens and consolidate what has been achieved to date while ensuring our future.”</p><p>Photos from Bratislava: <a class=" icon-external" href=""></a><br> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:52:01 GMT Foreign Minister Kaljurand takes part in cyber experts’ meeting in New York and an event marking the 25th anniversary of the restoration of independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in Stockholm <footer class="submitted"><span content="2016-08-29T09:27:15+03:00" datatype="xsd:dateTime" property="dc:date dc:created">29. August 2016 - 9:27</span></footer><footer class="submitted"><span content="2016-08-29T09:27:15+03:00" datatype="xsd:dateTime" property="dc:date dc:created"><br></span></footer><footer class="submitted"><span content="2016-08-29T09:27:15+03:00" datatype="xsd:dateTime" property="dc:date dc:created"></span>On Monday, 29 August Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand takes part in a UN cyber experts’ task force working group in New York where they discuss the opportunities of ICT in the context of international law and security. Kaljurand will also make a speech at a side event on the private and public sectors’ cyber defence cooperation, organized by the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN.</footer><div class="content clearfix"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>On Tuesday, 30 August Foreign Minister Kaljurand is in Stockholm where she will meet with her Latvian, Lithuanian and Swedish colleagues. The meeting marks the 25th anniversary of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania restoring independence. Ministers will discuss regional security, Nordic-Baltic cooperation, Ukraine-Russia conflict and cooperation and future of the EU. In addition, Foreign Minister will also speak at a seminar “Freedom of the press and free speech: Defending our democratic values” taking place in Stockholm.</p><p>Additional information:<br> Sandra Kamilova<br> COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, FOREIGN MINISTRY<br> (+372) 5667 5362<br><a href=""></a></p></div></div></div></div> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:01:56 GMT Joint Declaration of the United States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the meeting of the Presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Raimonds Vejonis and Dalia Grybauskaitė with the Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden <p class="date">On the occasion of Vice President Biden's visit to Latvia, we, the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, reaffirm our strategic alliance. Faced with an unpredictable security environment, we commit to deepening our cooperation and our efforts to ensure security and stability in the region, as part of NATO's approach to collective defense.</p><p>As affirmed at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the greatest responsibility of the Alliance is to protect and defend our territory and populations, as reflected in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO has responded to the changed security environment by enhancing its deterrence and defense posture, including through a forward presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. The Baltic States appreciate these steps by NATO, as well as the significant and visible U.S. presence in the region, which has demonstrated our collective solidarity and resolve to protect all Allies.</p><p>The United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania affirm that we must keep our Alliance strong. Building on the commitments made at the Warsaw Summit to invest in robust, flexible, and interoperable military capabilities, and taking into account the successful example of joint security cooperation since 1993 under the State Partnership Program, the United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania intend to reinforce and deepen our defense cooperation to promote regional security.</p><p>Building national resilience -- including bolstering our ability to defend against hybrid and cyber threats, improving civil preparedness, and enhancing protection of critical infrastructure -- is an essential element of collective defense. Therefore, we affirm that we must focus on aligning U.S. security assistance and deterrence measures, including the U.S. European Reassurance Initiative, and continued significant investments by the Baltic States in order to ensure that our mutual investments will effectively support NATO's deterrence and collective defense, as well as promote national and regional security and resilience. Furthermore, the Baltic States reconfirm their commitment to allocate the necessary budgetary resources for defense spending.</p><p>The United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania plan to meet regularly to discuss key common and individual defense and security priorities, focusing on land, air, and maritime defense; border security; law enforcement; national resilience; and transnational threats, with the aim to improve intra- and intergovernmental coordination and create regional efficiencies. The United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania also intend to continue to explore areas for enhanced joint and regional cooperation in other security and resilience fields -- such as cyber defense, energy security, and critical infrastructure protection -- in existing and relevant fora.</p><p>This cooperation is intended to strengthen NATO and promote regional cooperation, stability, and security. By improving our ability to address conventional and unconventional threats, including hybrid threats, our cooperation will enhance individual and collective defense and national resilience, as well as uphold our collective efforts towards a Europe whole, free, prosperous, and at peace.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:58:13 GMT Heads of Estonian Foreign Representations gathered in Tallinn for annual conference <footer class="submitted"><span content="2016-08-22T15:24:11+03:00" datatype="xsd:dateTime" property="dc:date dc:created">22. August 2016 - 15:24</span></footer><div class="content clearfix"><div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a title="Heads of Estonian Foreign Representations gathered in Tallinn for annual conference" class="colorbox init-colorbox-processed-processed cboxElement" href="" rel=""><br></a></div></div><div class="caption">Today an annual conference of the Heads of the Estonian Foreign Representations started in Tallinn. During the 3-day conference Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, Heads of the Estonian Foreign Representations and administration of the ministry will discuss the situation in Estonia and in the world and new developments in the foreign policy.</div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The main topics of the conference are the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the UK EU-referendum, the future of the EU, Estonian candidacy to the UN Security Council, and IT and cybersecurity issues.<br><br> Heads of the Estonian Foreign Representations will meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and member of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs and European Union Affairs Committee. Meeting with the representatives of Nordica and visiting the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and the Information System Authority is also on the agenda.<br><br> Photos: <a class=" icon-external" href=""></a><br><br> Additional information:</p><p>Sandra Kamilova<br> Communication Department<br> Foreign Ministry<br> (+372) 5667 5362<br><a href=""></a></p></div></div></div></div> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:00:14 GMT Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand’s video message to Estonian expatriates on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Estonia <footer class="submitted">Dear friends,<br><br> Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Republic of Estonia. Surely many of you remember the anxious days in August 1991. Today 25 years ago the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia functioning as a parliament adopted the Resolution on the national independence of Estonia that restored the independence of Estonia. Years of hard work and fighting for Estonia’s independence preceded 20 August both in occupied Estonia and in exile. Estonians in exile carried the legal continuity of the Republic of Estonia, explained what had happened to the Baltic states and the importance of non-recognition policy, distributed information on the situation in Estonia, preserved and developed the Estonian language, culture and civic society.<br><br> In his new year’s address in 1993 Lennart Meri said the following: “But the restoration of a state is not as simple as pressing a lamp button which will instantly overpour you with biblical light. A state is born like a baby - in labour and pains. Still, like a baby it is born of love and itself gives birth to love.” Many people forced to leave Estonia against their will and Estonians born abroad have contributed to rebuilding Estonia and to its development. Many of them have helped reconstruct the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Representations, many of them are my good colleagues even today and many are still working on ensuring Estonia’s security and developing foreign relations.<br><br> Estonia has changed and achieved a lot in the 25 years of freedom following the restoration of independence. Estonia has changed from a totalitarian society into a country, where human rights are respected, freedom of speech applies and the principles of democracy and rule of law are followed. Estonia is a NATO ally, a member of the European Union and belongs to other most important international organisations. We work every day to remain a trustworthy partner and an ally and to share our values with other countries. During the second half of next year Estonia will face a huge responsibility, Presidency of the Council of the European Union.<br><br> For 25 years there is no iron curtain between Estonians living in Estonia and Estonians abroad. In a globalised and mobile world the two terms have lost their former meaning and instead of talking about Estonians at home and expatriates, we talk more and more about “global Estonians”. Entrepreneur Rainer Sternfeld active both in the US and Estonia recently said at the Opinion Festival in Paide that Estonian border is where Estonians are and he does not feel like he has been away from home because technical solutions enable him to keep in touch.<br><br> Different estimates say that there are around 120,000 – 200,000 people from Estonia living abroad. It’s our greatest potential. Among yourselves are people that went abroad before the Republic was declared, those who fled from occupation but also people that have left during the past 25 years for shorter or longer periods. All of you have a connection with Estonia, your Estonian story, your dreams about Estonia. We are all connected by a wish that Estonia would do great. I believe that most of you keep in touch with developments in Estonia, are happy with the country’s successes and are worried about challenges facing Estonia. Everyone of us – regardless of where we are – has a chance to contribute to the improvement and future of Estonia.  <br> Estonia’s global influence today is much stronger that one would assume from our small population. It’s partly because of you who are unofficial representatives of Estonia in different parts of the world. You introduce Estonia and share information about Estonia, you help to make Estonia more visible, you speak about Estonian language and culture. Thanks to you my work and my colleagues’ work of introducing Estonia as diplomats is much easier.  <br><br> Just like Estonia needs the support of Estonians living abroad, you need the support of Estonia. Every Estonian Representation abroad has to keep in touch with Estonians living in the respective country. Our Representations ask you to come together during the holidays important to our country and our nation, they help to organize local culture events, share information and keep in touch with the local Estonian community.<br><br> The concept of the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration taking place in Tallinn next year is roots that connect us to Estonia wherever our life takes us and we welcome Estonians from near and far. You all, too. In 2018 the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th Independence Day and we will celebrate it all over the world, regardless of the location, regardless of where we are at that point.<br><br> The independence of Estonia is a reason to be happy about our country, our land and our nation. Long live Estonia!</footer><footer class="submitted"><br></footer><footer class="submitted">Video message: <span style='font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: ET; mso-fareast-language: ET; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff"></font></a></span></footer> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:57:48 GMT Defence Minister praises RAF crews on Baltic mission <dt>Defence Minister Earl Howe has praised Royal Air Force crews serving in Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission.</dt><div class="block-3"><div class="inner-block"><aside class="lead-image-sidebar sidebar"><figure class="image embedded"><div class="img"><img alt="Defence Minister Earl Howe visits Royal Air Force crews serving in Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission " src=""></div><figcaption>Defence Minister Earl Howe has praised Royal Air Force crews serving in Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission. Crown Copyright</figcaption></figure></aside></div></div><div class="block-4"><div class="inner-block"><div class="document body"><div class="govspeak"><p>Four RAF Typhoons have been deployed to the Amari airbase in the country since April, responding to incursions by Russian aircraft over Estonia as well as Lithuania and Latvia.</p><p>The deployment of the Typhoons underlines the leading role Britain is playing in NATO through our pledge to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence as well as our commitment to reassurance measures in Eastern Europe. At the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July it was announced that the UK will deploy 500 personnel to Estonia, and the UK has also committed a thousand troops a year until 2020 to NATO’s Response Force – rising to 3,000 when we lead the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) next year.</p><p>During his visit to Amari, which also took in the capital Tallinn, Earl Howe met the RAF crews who have flown nearly 20 scrambles to intercept 40 aircraft including fighters and maritime patrol aircraft.</p><p>Minister of State in the House of Lords Earl Howe said:</p><blockquote><p class="last-child">Britain remains an outward facing nation and with defence spending on the rise our Armed Forces are making a difference RAF Typhoons have provided invaluable reassurance to our Baltic allies standing ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, alert and ready to respond to aircraft flying near Baltic airspace.</p></blockquote><p>Commanding Officer 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, Wing Commander Gordon Melville said:</p><blockquote><p class="last-child">With our detachment to Estonia almost complete all of the RAF personnel involved in this deployment can be hugely proud of the way they have assisted in maintaining the security of the Baltic States alongside our NATO allies. In the remaining few weeks of the mission we will continue to focus on maintaining our own high standards and look forward to a successful handover to the German Air Force at the end of the month.</p></blockquote><p>The UK’s latest contribution to the air policing mission, alongside the Portuguese Air Force, is due to end in the next few weeks.</p><p>This is the third consecutive year the UK has committed to NATO Air Policing, after rotations in the Baltic in 2014 and 2015.</p><p>British warships are also contributing to NATO’s naval mission in the Baltic Sea and our troops are providing crucial training the Ukrainian Armed Forces.</p></div></div></div></div> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:58:31 GMT Comment by the Foreign Minister over Russia’s accusations against Ukraine <p> Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand expressed concern over Russia’s accusations against Ukraine.<br><br> "Russia’s provocative statements directed at Ukraine do not come as a surprise. It has been long speculated that Russia might do something like this at the end of summer. The fact that Russia is trying to distract others’ attention does not change the situation. The Russia-Ukraine conflict started when Russia occupied Crimea. The non-recognition policy of the occupation of Crimea is and will remain the policy of Estonia, the EU and NATO. I ask Russia not to increase tension in the region, to fulfil their international obligations and the Minsk agreement, to continue with Normandy format negotiations and to stop looking for excuses for not fulfilling their duties."<br><br> Foreign Minister also had a telephone conversation with Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, and she expressed Estonia’s continuing support in solving the situation in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. </p><p><br></p><p>More information:</p><p>Maria Belovas<br>Communication Department<br>Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br><a href=""></a> </p> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:19:22 GMT Estonia won the first medal in Rio de Janeiro Olympics <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-bidi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Estonian quadruple sculls team&nbsp;- Kaspar Taimsoo, Allar Raja, Tõnu Endrekson and Andrei Jämsä - won the bronze medal in Rio Olympics on 11 August 2016. Estonians were third with a great time 6:10.65, just following gold and silver medalists, respectively Germany and Australia. Estonian team coach is Matti Killing.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-bidi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-bidi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;'>Raja, Jämsä and Taimsoo won the first Olympic medal in their sport career, while Endrekson won silver medal with Jüri Jaanson on double sculls in Beijing Olympic Games 8 years ago.</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:42:37 GMT