Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 5, 2020   The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. Secretary Pompeo expressed appreciation for Estonia’s hosting of the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to invest up to $1 billion in Three …

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Global Hackathon Seeks to Strengthen the Post-Crisis Economy

November 3, 2020   The United States Embassy in Tallinn, together with the U.S. Embassies in Riga, Vilnius and Copenhagen and implementing partners Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys, is proud to announce the international hackathon 48 for the Future which will find solutions to build a stronger, more resilient, and trusted post-crisis economy. The virtual …

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Chargé Brian Roraff Speaks on 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections and U.S.-Estonia Relations

On October 31, 2020, Chargé d’Affaires Brian Roraff gave opening remarks at “What’s Next? Conference on the U.S. 2020 Presidential Election” held at the University of Tartu Library Conference Center. CdA Roraff’s remarks highlighted the election process and the continuity of the U.S.-Estonia relationship as well as U.S. foreign policy toward NATO, Russia, and China. …

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United States Army Major General Visits Estonia to Highlight Fifth Corps’ Mission in Europe

U.S. Major General Terrence McKenrick meets with Major General Indrek Sirel, the Estonian Deputy Chief of Defense, at the Estonian Defense Forces Headquarters, on October 27, 2020. [Photo by Estonian Defense Forces]   For immediate release October 29, 2020   Major General Terrence McKenrick, Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army’s Fifth Corps (V …

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Diversity Visa Program 2022

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The registration period for the DV-2022 program is now open. For information on the DV program or to …

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U.S. Welcomes Estonia’s Action Against Hizballah

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 24, 2020   Estonia is sending a strong message in Europe, and within the European Union, by prohibiting Hizballah affiliates from entering its territory, mitigating the threat Hizballah poses to the security of Estonia and international partners. Like the actions taken by Germany, Lithuania, and Kosovo, and the commitment by Serbia earlier …

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Press Release: USAID Deputy Administrator’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Development Cooperation

For immediate release. October 22, 2020.   On October 20 and 21, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick visited Estonia to meet with Estonian government officials and private-sector technology companies to discuss U.S.- Estonia relations, opportunities for increased development cooperation in third countries, countering malign Kremlin influence, and USAID’s efforts to advance European and Eurasian countries …

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Under Secretary Krach: Clean Vision for Three Seas

  Clean Vision for Three Seas   Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach October 21, 2020 The United States congratulates the Three Seas member states on a productive virtual summit. We commend President Kersti Kaljulaid and the Estonian government for organizing this important event during complicated circumstances. The …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 19, 2020   SECRETARY POMPEO:  (In progress) — [The West] stands for the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression.  We drive economic growth through innovation.  We protect our people. And our way of life is the envy for the entire world. Look at the freedoms for which the people of …

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Press Release: United States and Estonia Sign New Agreement to Support Partnerships in Research and Innovation

Photo: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs   Monday, October 19, 2020   Today, the United States and Estonia signed a new Science and Technology Agreement which will support future partnerships in research and innovation. The United States’ Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach and Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu signed the agreement at a ceremony in Tallinn. Under Secretary Krach outlined …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Reminder for Americans Abroad

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Reminder for Americans Abroad   With election day fast approaching, we wish to remind U.S. citizens that now is the time to take the necessary steps to vote.  With over three million American voters living overseas, absentee ballots truly have an impact.  We encourage you to send your ballots as …

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United States – Estonia Joint Statement on Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson September 23, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by United States Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Mr. Keith Krach and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Mr. Urmas Reinsalu on the importance of secure telecommunications infrastructure. Begin Text: Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu and …

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Press Release: High-Ranking U.S. Diplomat Highlights Joint Commitment to 5G Security

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach is visiting Tallinn on Wednesday, September 23.  During his time in Estonia, Under Secretary Krach will have meetings with the President of the Republic of Estonia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Foreign …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Prime Minister Ratas

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020   The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.   Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Ratas discussed the importance of the U.S.-Estonian partnership within the NATO Alliance and international organizations.  The Secretary thanked Estonia for its leadership on …

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Press Release: U.S. Army Europe To Conduct Joint Training with NATO Allies in Tapa

August 31, 2020   As part of a live fire training exercise Rail Gunner Rush conducted with the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF), U.S. Army Europe 41st Field Artillery Brigade (FAB) will deploy a battery of multiple launch rocket systems at the Estonian Defense Forces Central Training Area in Tapa, Estonia. Approximately 70 Soldiers from the …

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Supporting the Aspirations of the Belarusian People

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 20, 2020 The United States has been inspired by the display of peaceful expression of the Belarusian people seeking to determine their own future. We stand by our long-term commitment to support Belarus’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the aspirations of the Belarusian people …

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Press Release: U.S. Air Force Completes $10.8M European Deterrence Initiative Project at Estonia’s Ämari Air Base

August 11, 2020 The United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) completed $10.8 million worth of improvements to Estonia’s Ämari Air Base in July with European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) funding. USAFE partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a new tactical fighter apron adjacent to the runway that will accommodate parking for …

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Estonia – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Estonia – Level 3: Reconsider Travel   Reconsider travel to Estonia due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s   COVID-19 page   before  you plan any international travel. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has issued a  Level 3 Travel Health Notice  for  Estonia due to COVID-19. Estonia has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 29, 2020   New foreign assistance funding commitments continue to bolster the unparalleled global leadership of the United States in response to COVID-19. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion to benefit the international response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We continue …

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Press Release: Javelin Missile Delivery Augments Estonian Defensive Capabilities, Enhances NATO Interoperability

July 24, 2020   On July 23, the United States delivered 92 Raytheon Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Estonian Defense Forces.  The missiles are funded through the United States European Command’s Building Partner Capacity (BPC) program to assist Estonia in building defensive capabilities.  This delivery further strengthens our nations’ strategic integration while ensuring interoperability among NATO Allies and partners.    The Javelin anti-tank missile systems delivery is one part of multiple, ongoing …

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Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2020   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration. Begin Text: Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for …

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Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2020   The Welles Declaration is a proud moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy and friendship with the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Eighty years ago, the United States pointedly refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of the Baltic states into the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s criminal …

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New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 15, 2020   The American people’s generosity remains unmatched in the global fight against COVID-19. The Department of State and USAID are providing an additional $208 million in new humanitarian and health assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks at the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Ministerial

06/30/2020 12:04 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson Today, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun delivered remarks at the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Ministerial hosted by the Government of Estonia.  The Three Seas Initiative aims to boost economic prosperity through connectivity between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas. Deputy Secretary Biegun reaffirmed U.S. support …

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Entry into Force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

07/01/2020 10:59 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Today marks a landmark achievement for the countries of North America to increase manufacturing and investment in our region.  On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into force, fulfilling President Trump’s promise to modernize and update trade agreements.  More than just the modernization …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Independence Day with Foreign Minister Reinsalu, Foreign Ministry Colleagues

July 1, 2020 U.S. Embassy Celebrates Independence Day with Foreign Minister Reinsalu, Foreign Ministry Colleagues Today, in celebration of America’s upcoming 244th Independence Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Brian Roraff and Embassy staff hosted a small gathering with colleagues from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tallinn. Given considerations related to COVID-19, this year’s …

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Press Release: U.S. Delivers Advanced Night Vision Equipment to Estonia

Press Release: U.S. Delivers Advanced Night Vision Equipment to Estonia   Monday, June 29, 2020 From June 15-16, the United States delivered 95 night vision devices (NVDs) to Estonia’s Police and Border Guard Board to assist with border security.  This was one of the largest U.S. deliveries of defense equipment, and the first ever delivery …

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Common Declaration in Support of Baltic Pride 2020

June 22, 2020 Common Declaration in Support of Baltic Pride 2020 Baltic Pride 2020 was originally set to take place in Tallinn 1-7 June. Due to the COVID-19 situation, it will instead be celebrated digitally 22-28 June.  We voice our support for efforts to safeguard and promote the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender …

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Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19

06/19/2020 01:45 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States has been, and continues to be, the undisputed leader in global foreign assistance, and our leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues that record of generosity. Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our ongoing response …

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Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe

Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 4, 2020   The United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance for more than a half century, saving lives all over the planet. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability (May 20)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability   REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC MAY 20, 2020 (Video available here .) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  This morning, early, I had the chance to drive through Arlington Cemetery, and as we approach Memorial Day Weekend, I want to reflect on the sacrifices of …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 20, 2020 Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Reinsalu discussed cooperative efforts in the UN Security Council aimed at preventing conflict and …

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Fact Sheet: North American Cooperation on COVID-19

North American Cooperation on COVID-19   FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic …

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Secretary Pompeo: Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 8, 2020 Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day   The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2020   Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we …

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Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War   MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2020 The following is a joint statement by the U. S. Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Begin text: Marking the 75th …

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Briefing: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (May 5)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19:  Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad   SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE MAY 5, 2020 MR BROWN:  Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to what is our …

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The U.S. is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine

The U.S. is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine   MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 4, 2020 As outlined in its recent Action Plan, the United States is bringing together the brightest minds in U.S. government agencies, the private sector, universities, and overseas partners to develop vaccines and therapeutic interventions to protect …

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Joint Training Mission to Highlight U.S. & Estonian Partnership

Joint Training Mission to Highlight U.S. & Estonian Partnership   Press Release Monday, May 4, 2020 The U.S. and Estonian air forces will conduct a training mission on May 5, 2020, to enhance interoperability and strengthen our enduring relationship.  The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to our Allies and partners through the global employment …

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2020 On World Press Freedom Day, recognized around the world on May 3, we highlight the critical role of independent media in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas so vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies. This year, as the world faces the …

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Update: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Response to COVID-19

Update: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Response to COVID-19   FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 1, 2020 Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States …

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Briefing: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 28)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19 Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad   PRESS RELEASE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE APRIL 28, 2020 MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you.  Good afternoon, everybody.  Great to talk to …

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak   Issued on: April 22, 2020 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans.  In Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), I …

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The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response With More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response With More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2020 For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  Through the American people’s generosity and under the …

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Briefing: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 22)

Briefing with Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs, on COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS, DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR OPERATIONS, BUREAU OF MEDICAL SERVICES IAN G. …

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Health Alert – Estonia (April 21)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia (April 21, 2020) Location: Estonia Event: The Estonian Health Board has confirmed a gradual restoration of scheduled medical treatments beginning today, April 21, in most parts of Estonia.  Easing of restrictions will commence with specialist and dental appointments.  All medical institutions and patients will be required to follow strict infection …

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UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19   FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 16, 2020   The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from …

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Briefing: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 16)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hugo Yon, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad   SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS, …

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Briefing: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 14)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19:  Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad   SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE APRIL 14, 2020 MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you so much.  Good afternoon, everybody.  Welcome to our daily briefing …

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U.S. Assistance to Italy

U.S. Assistance to Italy   U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of StateApril 11, 2020 During these difficult times, the United States is working in solidarity with our partners and Allies to provide humanitarian assistance to countries in need and to take all possible measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. …

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Briefing: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 10)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad   SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS JULIE J. CHUNG, …

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STATEMENT: Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance (April 8)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO April 8, 2020 Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States has continued to …

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Health Alert – Estonia (April 8)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia (April 8, 2020) Location: Estonia Event: As a result of public health measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of State has suspended domestic printing of all routine passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Americans overseas may still apply for passports and CRBAs, however …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press (April 7)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press   REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC APRIL 7, 2020   (Video available here .) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Glad we’re all together, everybody healthy, everybody looking good, staying apart – all fantastic. I wanted to start with just a few brief items here this morning, beginning …

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Press Release: U.S. Delivers Javelin Missiles to Estonia

Press Release: U.S. Delivers Javelin Missiles to Estonia   Thursday, April 2, 2020 On February 15, the United States delivered 128 anti-tank Raytheon Javelin missiles to the Estonian Ministry of Defense and Estonian Defense Forces as part of a larger contract signed by the Estonian Center for Defense Investment and the U.S. Department of Defense. …

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U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON April 1, 2020  U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia The United States is committed to the global fight against COVID-19.  We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot …

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On-The-Record Briefing: On U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID-19

  Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release ON-THE-RECORD-BRIEFING March 26, 2020 On-The-Record Briefing USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson On U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID-19 March 26, 2020 Via Teleconference MS ORTAGUS: Well, let’s go ahead and get started, everybody. This is Morgan, …

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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO March 26, 2020 U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo On the Release of the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

03/11/2020 12:06 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO:  Hello, everyone.  Good morning.  Every year, for 44 years, the State Department has written the most comprehensive and fact-based human rights report in the world. State Department team members in Washington and our embassies work with experts in …

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United States Army Europe Band Bringing Unique and Diverse Sound to Estonia

Joint Military Band Concert and Related Travel Postponed The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn regrets to announce that the joint concert of the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus and the Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces scheduled in Narva on Friday, March 20 has been postponed to a later date to be determined in …

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Crimea is Ukraine

02/26/2020 08:24 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine. As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 11, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today to Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to discuss recent events in Iraq and Iran and efforts to deter further Iranian aggression. Secretary Pompeo thanked Estonia for supporting the United States’ right to self-defense and for …

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Remarks by President Trump on Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                         January 8, 2020 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON IRAN Grand Foyer 11:28 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning.  I’m pleased to inform you: The …

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Secretary Pompeo Press Statement: On the New EU Leadership Assumption of Office

On the New EU Leadership Assumption of Office   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 1, 2019 We congratulate European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative Josep Borrell, the new College of European Commissioners, and European Council President Charles Michel as they assume office. The United States looks forward to working with this new leadership team, …

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Secretary Pompeo: The World Must Address Iran’s Nuclear Escalation

Statement by Secretary MICHAEL R. POMPEO The World Must Address Iran’s Nuclear Escalation November 7, 2019 Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with …

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Nortal, Telia, Renee Meriste Recognized for Contributions to Transatlantic Prosperity

November 6, 2019 The American Chamber of Commerce announced today the winners of the 2019 Transatlantic Business Awards.  Nortal AS was named the Transatlantic Company of the Year for being the largest Estonia-based employer in the United States; Renee Meriste was selected as Transatlantic Promoter of the Year in recognition of his achievement in creating the Estonian American Business Alliance to …

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Senior U.S. Army Representative Discusses Security Assistance During Estonia Visit

Senior U.S. Army Representative Discusses Security Assistance During Estonia Visit November 6, 2019 The Commanding General, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, Major General Jeffrey Drushal, traveled to Estonia for the first time November 5-6.  During his two-day stay, he met with the Estonian Ministry of Defense’s Undersecretary for Defense Planning, Mr. Meelis Oidsalu, and Director …

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United States–Estonia Joint Declaration on 5G Security

United States–Estonia Joint Declaration on 5G Security November 1, 2019 Considering that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both prosperity and national security in the near future, the United States and Estonia declare their desire to strengthen our cooperation on 5G.  5G will enable a vast array of new applications, …

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B-52 Stratofortress Task Force Exercise Improves Interoperability and Readiness

Thursday, October 24 A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber conducted a fly over of Tallinn on Wednesday, October 23 as part of the on-going effort to exercise Air Force Global Strike Command’s ability to conduct strategic bomber operations from a forward operating location in support of U.S Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and U.S. …

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Senior U.S. Army Europe Representative Discusses Military Medicine, DEFENDER-Europe 20 Exercise During Estonia Visit

October 23, 2019 The Commanding General, U.S. Army Regional Health Command Europe and Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe, Brigadier General Ronald Stephens, traveled to Estonia for the first time October 21-22.  During his two-day stay in Estonia, he visited East Tallinn Central Hospital’s Medical Rehabilitation Clinic and met with counterparts from the Estonian Defense Forces …

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Senior U.S. Army Europe Visitor Discusses Cyber, DEFENDER-Europe 20 Exercise During Estonia Visit

October 10, 2019 The Chief Information Officer/Deputy Chief of Staff, G6, of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), Brigadier General John Phillips, visited Estonia for the first time October 8-9.  During his two-day stay in Estonia, he visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, met with counterparts from the Estonian military, and discussed areas of …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Cooperation

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C-130J Military Transport Training Flights Further Strengthen U.S-Estonia Ties

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CV-22 Ospreys Conduct Training, Facilitate Force Interoperability In Estonia

Monday, September 9 United States Special Operations Forces (USSOF), Estonian Defense Forces (EDF), and the Estonian Defense League (EDL) conducted training exercises in Estonia with visiting CV-22 Ospreys, September 4-8.  The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover, and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency, …

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Joint Combatant Craft Mediums (CCMs) Highlight United States-Estonia Interoperability

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Estonia Enhances Fulbright Cooperation with U.S. Department of State

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Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

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Operation Rapid Forge Concludes Forward Deployments to the Baltics and Poland

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NASA and American Society for Microbiology Mentorship Launches STEAM Camp Forward

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) arrive in Tallinn this week to support the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp for Girls.  WiSci is a public-private partnership between the Department of State, the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, Intel, Google, …

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U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security visits Estonia

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Female Troops Serve as Role Models at Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp for Girls

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Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Visits Estonia, Extends Congratulations

Thursday, July 11 General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, will visit Estonia July 13-14 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force.  During his visit, he will meet with leadership from the Ministry of Defense and Estonian Defense Forces, and will attend the air …

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Moldova, and the UK

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Joint Statement on the Third U.S.-Estonia Cyber Dialogue

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Maryland National Guard Leadership Visits Estonia, Discusses Partnership

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Estonia, U.S. Work Together to Combat Mines

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U.S. and Estonia Strengthen Collaboration in Military Rehabilitation

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BALTOPS Demonstrates Allies’ Deterrence Capability, Interoperability

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 Deliverables

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U.S. Marines Visit Local Communities in Advance of NATO Exercise, BALTOPS

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U.S. Embassy Hosts an Expert Exchange on Ending HIV/AIDS Transmission in the Region

Tuesday, May 21st The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn is bringing together experts representing Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Finland, the United States, and the World Health Organization (WHO) from May 23 to 24 in Narva to discuss best practices in ending the transmission of HIV/AIDS as well as its intersection with opioid abuse in the Baltic Sea …

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Assistant Treasury Secretary Centers on Addressing Money Laundering

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Assistant Secretary of Defense Reaffirms U.S. Military Commitment to Estonia

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American Hip-Hop Artist and Rapper “Wordsmith” Touring Estonia

The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn is pleased to announce that motivational musician Wordsmith will be touring Estonia with a series of free, family-friendly concerts May 20-24. The musician and his band will visit eight cities, with evening programs open to the public in Valga, Narva, Kiviõli, and Tallinn. Wordsmith, born Anthony Parker, is a Baltimore-based …

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High-Profile Military Presence at Spring Storm Reinforces Commitment to NATO Ally Estonia

For Immediate Release, May 9, 2019 The deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), Major General Andrew Rohling, visited Estonia for the first time May 7-8.  During his two-day visit, he traveled to Tapa base for meetings with Estonian Defense Forces and UK Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup leadership. While in Tapa, Major General …

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Press Availability at NATO Foreign Ministerial 2019

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WiSci STEAM Camp for Girls

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U.S. Embassy Tallinn. Statement

For immediate release March 18, 2019 We condemn in the strongest possible terms the verbal attack on Rabbi Shmuel Kot that took place on Saturday in Tallinn. Hateful language of this nature, whether directed at an individual’s religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or other core identities has no place in modern society. Words matter and can lead …

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Transatlantic Community Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2019 Today, the United States, EU, and Canada took coordinated action in response to Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine by imposing sanctions on individuals who orchestrated the unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait. Additionally, the United States imposed sanctions …

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U.S. Embassy: C-145 Acquisitions Underscore U.S. Commitment to NATO & Estonia

Photo: U.S. Embassy In an inauguration ceremony attended by Minister of Defense Jüri Luik at Ämari Air Base on Tuesday, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Horst remarked how Estonia’s recent acquisition of two American C-145 aircraft illustrated the United States’ enduring commitment to its Baltic partner and NATO ally. “This C-145 aircraft is the latest tangible …

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Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 4, 2019 The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela. The United States and freedom-loving nations …

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Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference

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Secretary Pompeo: Crimea is Ukraine

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Press Statement: Boris Nemtsov

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Estonia National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2019 Congratulations to the people of Estonia on your 101st anniversary of independence. On behalf of the United States government, I want to thank Estonia for your unwavering commitment to our transatlantic community and your dedication to promoting peace, prosperity, and freedom. The …

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Continued U.S.-Estonia High Level Engagement Emphasizes Strength of NATO Alliance

Press Release February 21, 2019 U.S. Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2, traveled through the Baltic region February 19-21 and met with key leaders in Estonia, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to NATO and the importance of strengthening interoperability with allies and partners at all levels. “We train together to enhance our …

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Press Release: U.S. Presence at Winter Camp Demonstrates Continued Commitment to NATO Allies

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

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Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

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Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

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Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 28, 2019 Today, the United States has taken necessary actions to prevent the illegitimate former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela’s assets and natural resources. The United States has determined that persons operating in Venezuela’s oil sector may now be subject to sanctions pursuant …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO January 25, 2019 Greece Ratifies Prespa Agreement The United States welcomes the decision by Greece’s Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement.  The leaders of Greece demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name dispute, which will allow the future …

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

Chinese Actors Compromise Global Managed Service Providers   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2018 Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. These Chinese actors used this access to compromise the networks …

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Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s …

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On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of …

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Remarks: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund

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Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, …

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Remarks to the Press

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC November 20, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Happy Thanksgiving.I want to touch on five topics today. First, the United States today sanctioned an international network that the Iranian regime and Russia are using to provide millions of barrels of oil to the Assad regime. …

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Press Release: F-15 and KC-135 Presence in Estonia

F-15 and KC-135 Presence in Estonia Highlights Capabilities, Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Allies & Partners This week, Ämari Airbase hosts several F-15E Strike Eagles from the 492nd Fighter Squadron from RAF Lakenheath and KC-135 stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing from RAF Mildenhall, England. On hosting these KC-135 refueling tankers and F-15E aircraft in Estonia, U.S. …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Opening of Exhibit “Celebrating the Centennials of Baltic Independence and U.S. – Baltic Relations”

September 17, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn and Riigikogu are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit titled, “Celebrating the Centennials of Baltic Independence and U.S.-Baltic Relations” in the Riigikogu vestibule on Tuesday, September 18th at 1:30pm.  Remarks will be delivered by members of the Riigikogu as well as U.S. Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Clifford …

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Press Release: Transatlantic Business Award Program Continues to Strengthen Shared Transatlantic Prosperity

September 4, 2018 The American Chamber of Commerce Estonia (AmCham Estonia), U.S. Embassy Tallinn, and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) are pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Transatlantic Business Awards program. Dedicated to strengthening transatlantic economic ties and acknowledging outstanding and innovative achievements by Estonian-based companies and individuals in the U.S. …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

For Immediate Release  REMARKS July 25, 2018 Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee July 25, 2018 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, and distinguished members.  Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. During my confirmation hearing you asked …

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Press Release: USS Winston S. Churchill Arrives in Tallinn

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that an American Navy ship – the USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) – pulled into Muuga harbor on July 23.  Routine port calls such as these strengthen the relationship between Estonia and the U.S. and help to maintain a safe and secure maritime environment.  This port visit also …

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Remarks by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Bilateral Breakfast

  THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 11, 2018 Chief of Mission Residence Brussels, Belgium 9:13 A.M. CEST      PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Good morning, everybody.  Good morning to the media — the legitimate media and the fake-news media.  Good morning to them.  A lot of good people here.  Surprising. Q    …

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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un

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On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 14, 2018 Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Truman, …

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Press Briefing by National Security Advisor John Bolton on Iran

May 8, 2018 James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:37 P.M. EDT AMBASSADOR BOLTON:  Well, I don’t really have much to add to the President’s speech.  I think the decision is very clear.  I think it’s a firm statement of American resolve to prevent not only Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but a ballistic missile …

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REMARKS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Swearing-in Ceremony

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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 2, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP  AT SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF MIKE POMPEO AS SECRETARY OF STATE State Department Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  …

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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2018 Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect …

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Press Releases: The United States Urges Constructive Dialogue in Armenia

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 The coming days represent a historic moment for the people of Armenia and its elected leaders, as they embark on the process of forming a new government. We urge all sides to engage constructively, within the legal framework of the Armenian constitution, to ensure …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Joint Communique from Toronto

G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS’ COMMUNIQUÉ April 23, 2018 We, the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, gathered in Toronto on April 22 and 23, 2018, to exchange views and coordinate action with respect to building a more peaceful …

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Remarks by President Trump and Heads of the Baltic States in Joint Press Conference

Issued on: April 3, 2018 East Room 1:49 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Today, I’m honored to host the President of Estonia, the President of Latvia, and the President of Lithuania at the U.S.-Baltic Centennial Summit.  Thank you all for traveling to the White House for these really important discussions.  We’ve just spent a …

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A Declaration to Celebrate 100 Years of Independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2018 A Declaration to Celebrate 100 Years of Independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Renewed Partnership   The United States of America, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, and the Republic of Lithuania, Commemorating the centennial anniversary of independence of …

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President Donald J. Trump’s Support for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2018 “We are very protective of [the Baltic] region… We have great friends there.” – President Donald J. Trump BOOSTING DEFENSE AND SECURITY COOPERATION: President Donald J. Trump supports strengthening efforts to enhance the defense and security of our Baltic NATO Allies. …

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Remarks by President Trump Before a Working Lunch with Heads of the Baltic States

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 3, 2018 Cabinet Room 12:12 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, thank you very much.  Today, it’s my pleasure to congratulate Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 100th anniversary of their independence.  That’s really quite a great achievement, and congratulations.  And I’m honored to …

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Statement by Heather Nauert – Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

Issued on: March 26, 2018 Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies …

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Press Release: American Cellist Ian Maksin to Play Free Concerts in Several Locations in Estonia

March 21, 2018 On March 26-30, internationally renowned U.S. cellist Ian Maksin will perform with concerts in Estonia.  Free concerts in five Estonian cities will feature classical music, works by Estonian, Russian, and American composers, as well as widely familiar pop-music. Ian Maksin has been described as one of the most versatile, talented, and innovative musicians …

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Press Release: Crimea is Ukraine

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 14, 2018 Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory. Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily armed Russian troops. Russia’s claim that Ukrainians made a …

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Press Release: Women’s Leadership Development Workshop for HIV/AIDS Community Activists

March 14, 2018 Press release: Women’s Leadership Development Workshop for HIV/AIDS Community Activists in Estonia and Russia to be Held in Narva, Estonia A Women’s Leadership Development Workshop designed specifically for HIV/AIDS community leaders and activists is taking place March 15-16 at the American Space in Narva.  The workshop is organized by the U.S. Embassy …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 12, 2018 Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the U.K. The United States was in touch with our Allies in the United Kingdom ahead of today’s announcement, including in a call between Secretary Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Johnson this morning. We …

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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will …

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Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea Meets With Estonian Counterparts

March 7, 2018 Press release: Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea meets with Estonian Counterparts on Countering Threats to the International Financial System On March 6 and 7, Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea met with his Estonian government and private sector counterparts regarding the continued threats to the …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 6, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson engaged his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in a productive discussion Monday. The four NATO Allies agreed to deepen their cooperation to combat Russia’s disinformation efforts and malicious cyber activity. They discussed strategies to …

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Narva Central Library American Space and the U.S. Embassy Film Series

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” by Howard Hawks (1953, 91 minutes). Monday, March 5, at 5:00 PM at Narva Central Library (Malmi 8). Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, …

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American Film Showcase Documentary Film Screening “Mele Murals”

Tuesday, March 6, at 5:00 PM at Narva Central Library (Malmi 8). MELE MURALS (2016) Filmmaker: Tadashi Nakamura Running time: 64 minutes Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/155597960 Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the United States-Baltic Summit

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania to the White House on April 3, 2018.  President Trump and the three Baltic heads of state will celebrate …

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Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida

The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 15, 2018 Diplomatic Room 11:22 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil. Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to …

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Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 06, 2017 Diplomatic Reception Room 1:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions …

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Russia’s Restrictive Media-Focused Legislation

For Immediate Release State Department Office of Press Relations STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 28, 2017 Russia’s Restrictive Media-Focused Legislation New Russian legislation that allows the Ministry of Justice to label media outlets as “foreign agents” and to monitor or block certain internet activity presents yet another threat to free media in Russia. Freedom …

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate ReleaseNovember 17, 2017 THANKSGIVING DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We …

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Remarks by President Trump on His Trip to Asia – November 15

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate ReleaseNovember 15, 2017 Diplomatic Reception Room 3:35 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Last night, I returned from a historic 12-day trip to Asia. This journey took us to five nations to meet with dozens of foreign leaders, participate in three formal state …

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Joint Statement by the President of the U.S. and the President of the Russian Federation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE November 11, 2017 President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and …

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Press Release: 2017 Transatlantic Business Awards

November 3, 2017 Today in Tallinn at the 2017 Transatlantic Business Awards, Testlio was named the inaugural Transatlantic Company of the Year award for its success bringing innovative software testing solutions to the competitive U.S. market.  The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation was selected as Transatlantic Promoter of the Year in recognizing of its achievement in advancing entrepreneurship and …

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Press Release: New Transatlantic Business Award Program Strengthens Shared Transatlantic Prosperity

August 31, 2017 The American Chamber of Commerce Estonia (AmCham Estonia), U.S. Embassy Tallinn, and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) are pleased to announce the launch of a new program, dedicated to strengthening transatlantic economic ties and acknowledging outstanding and innovative achievements by Estonian-based companies and individuals in the U.S. market – Transatlantic Business …

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Press Release: F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

April 25, 2017 – Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived today at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. The F-35As are participating in their first-ever training deployment to Europe.  The aircraft and total force Airmen and are from the 34th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, and …

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Press Release: USG and Estonian Competition Authority Host Cybersecurity Workshop for Utility Regulators

From March 30-31, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the U.S. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) conducted the second technical workshop on cybersecurity for Black Sea electric utility regulators in Tallinn, Estonia.  The workshop was hosted by the Estonian Competition Authority, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Estonia’s National Day

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U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Senator John McCain to Visit Estonia

A delegation of U.S. Senators led by Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will visit Estonia December 27- 28. The delegation will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).  The delegation will meet President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and other officials to …

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Gen. Phillip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Completed a Visit to Tallinn

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that General Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe received the Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 1st Class from President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. In receiving the award, Gen. Breedlove thanked President Ilves, the Estonian Military and the people of Estonia. …

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Estonia Takes Delivery of Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles

The Estonian military received a second tranche of anti-tank missiles on March 20. The $33 million purchase of Javelins was funded with U.S. European Reassurance Initiative funds. The U.S.-produced Javelin missile can defeat any tank in the world and is the standard system used by the U.S. Army. Working together to acquire this important defensive …

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U.S. Embassy Presents: Spectacular U.S. Break Dancers in Estonia!

Coming all the way from Houston, TX, the Soul Street Dance Company will bring four amazing break dancers and a DJ to Estonia, performing in Tartu, Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve, visiting schools and hosting workshops and lessons for young Estonian break dancers in different Estonian cities. Soul Street Dance combines impressive athletics with show stopping stage …

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U.S. Support of Estonian HIV/AIDS Program

The United States of America has long been an advocate for countries to tackle the tough issue of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease.  Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government works with vulnerable, developing nations on a …

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U.S. Soldiers Visited Vasta School

On Tuesday, February 9, eight soldiers from Iron Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry got to experience some Estonian culture when they visited Vasta School to celebrate Vastlapäev with the school’s kids. U.S. Soldiers spoke about the work they are doing in Estonia and showed students some their military equipment. Students jumped at the chance to …

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TransferWise Receives 2016 Estonian American Innovation Award

The best in innovation and entrepreneurial cooperation between Estonians and Americans was celebrated today, with TransferWise taking home the prize for the 2016 Estonian American Innovation Award. Teleport received the Most Innovative Newcomer Award and Garage48 received the Facebook Creativity Recognition Award. “These awards are a great way to honor the innovative spirit that connects …

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2016 Estonian American Innovation Award Recipients Announced January 27

The American Chamber of Commerce Estonia (AmCham Estonia), the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), and the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia will announce the winner of the 2016 Estonian American Innovation Award at a ceremony on January 27, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Mektory Center.  The award honors innovation and creative cooperation between Estonia and …

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U.S. Airmen Visit Tallinn Children’s Hospital

A small group of U.S. Air Force Airmen spent part of the day visiting kids at Tallinn’s Children Hospital on Wednesday. The five Airmen, who are in Estonia with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), talked to kids about their jobs which covered everything from prepping pilots about the type of weather to expect to …

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U.S. Airmen Teach Students Football Fundamentals

On Friday, November 20,  ten members of the 74th “Thunder” Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) from Moody Air Force Base visited Lasnamäe Gümnaasium to play some American football and talk about the importance of sports in their life. High school students asked a variety of questions to the airmen, starting from their work and experiences in …

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Building Bridges Between U.S. and Estonian Science and Energy Communities

U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Arun Majumdar was in Estonia this week and met with representatives from the scientific and academic communities to discuss energy efficiency, as well as ways to advance scientific research collaboration between the United States and Estonia. Dr. Majumdar, who is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow …

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2016 Estonian American Innovation Award Competition Opens

The U.S. Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce Estonia (AmCham Estonia) and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) announce the opening of the 2016 American Innovation Award competition to honor the innovative spirit and U.S-Estonian collaboration. The award, established in 2011,  recognizes the best and brightest when it comes to innovation and all that it …

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Press Call on Upcoming UNGA Events

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release PRESS CALL BY BEN RHODES, DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS; STEVE POMPER, NSC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR MULTILATERAL AFFAIRS; AND CELESTE WALLANDER, NSC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR RUSSIA ON THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY Via Telephone 5:06 P.M. EDT MR. PRICE:  Good afternoon, everybody.  …

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Rain Doesn’t Dampen NATO Sports Day

U.S. Airmen and Marines and Estonian Defense Forces soldiers got to have some fun on the athletic field with Estonian youth during a NATO Sports Day event on Friday. Joined by members of the British and U.S. embassies, the military representing some of the current NATO forces present in Estonia, put the kids through their …

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U.S. Ambassador Presents Ambulance to Hiiumaa Hospital

Hiiumaa Hospital will have another way to transport patients from the island to the mainland for treatment thanks to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Excess Property program. U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Jeffrey Levine and Lieutenant Colonel William NcNicol, chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation, delivered a 2005 Mercedes Sprinter ambulance to the hospital on …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Lead by Senator John McCain to Visit Estonia

A delegation of U.S. Senators lead by Senator John McCain will visit Estonia from August 20 to August 21 to meet with Estonian government leaders.  The delegation will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).  This visit is part of a larger regional trip, which will also include …

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Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 22, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I join Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which condemned the forced annexation of these brave nations by the Soviet Union in 1940. We remember this declaration, …

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U.S. Paratroopers and Defense League to Conduct Parachute Jump Exercise

Joint Release  Embassy of the U.S. and Estonian Defense League  Update: Due to weather conditions, today’s jump has been rescheduled for Thursday, 23 July, from 8am-12pm. U.S. paratroopers currently training in Estonia and members of the Estonian Defense League will conduct a parachute jump exercise from Black Hawk UH60 helicopters on 22 July 2015 at Nurmsi Airfield.   …

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Statement by the President on Iran

Watch the video here. The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release **Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk. THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will …

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Joint Press Conference with Secretary Carter, Lithuanian Minister of Defense Oleskas, Latvian State Secretary of Defense Sarts and Estonian…

Joint Press Conference with Secretary Carter, Lithuanian Minister of Defense Oleskas, Latvian State Secretary of Defense Sarts and Estonian Minister of Defense Mikser in Tallinn, Estonia DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF STRATCOM ARTUR JUGASTE: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to the press conference. Sorry to keep you waiting. I am Artur Jugaste, deputy head of stratcom at the …

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Soap Box Derby in Narva

It was a beautiful day in Narva on Saturday June 6, drawing out large crowds for the 7th Annual Soap Box Derby. The derby is an American tradition that has become a staple of the annual Narva City Days, which has helped foster greater cooperation between the U.S. Embassy in Estonia and the City of Narva, …

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Major General Linda Singh Visit to Estonia

The Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard, Major General Linda Singh, had a productive and informative visit to Estonia this week. She met with a number of Estonian officials, including Defense Minister Sven Mikser, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur, and Commodore Igor Schvede, Chief of Staff of the Headquarters of the EDF). After her meeting …

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Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a call to action, a plea to stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities (LGBTI) across the world and reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or …

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Statement by Jen Psaki – One Year Later – Russia’s Occupation of Crimea

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC On this one year anniversary of the sham “referendum” in Crimea, held in clear violation of Ukrainian law and the Ukrainian constitution, the United States reiterates its condemnation of a vote that was not voluntary, transparent, or democratic. We do not, nor will we, recognize Russia’s attempted …

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Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreement

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC The United States welcomes the news that the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, supported by Chancellor Merkel and Presidents Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin, reached agreement on a cease-fire and heavy weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine, and on the implementation of the September Minsk agreements. We particularly commend …

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Secretary Kerry Ukraine Statement

Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State Cabinet of Ministers Kyiv, Ukraine February 5, 2015 PRIME MINISTER YATSENYUK: Mr. Secretary, it’s a great, great pleasure to see you in Kyiv. I want to be very clear saying the United States of America is one of the strongest allies of Ukraine, and we truly appreciate your …

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Secretary Kerry Remarks with President Poroshenko

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Bankova Kyiv, Ukraine February 5, 2015 PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: Mr. Secretary, we are very pleased to welcome you, as the United States Secretary of State. SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: It’s almost one year passed since your last visit in Kyiv and I still remember the very crucial and …

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Planet OS Inc. Receives 2015 Estonian American Innovation Award

In the competitive competition looking for the best and brightest in innovative thinking and cooperation between Estonians and Americans, Planet OS Inc. took home the 2015 Estonian American Innovation Award, at a ceremony that featured Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Jeffrey Levine, and President of the American Chamber of Commerce Estonia …

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2015 Estonian American Innovation Award Recipients Announced January 22

The American Chamber of Commerce Estonia (AmCham Estonia), the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), and the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia will announce the finalists and recipients of the 2015 Estonian American Innovation Award on January 22, 2015 at Mektory Center. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas will open the award ceremony, which honors the innovative initiative …

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