Estonia celebrates 100th birthday

Estonia celebrates 100th birthday
By Robert Hackwill
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Baltic State was once part of Russian empire, but is now in NATO and the EU.


The Baltic state of Estonia is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a sovereign nation, made possible by the disintegration of Tzarist Russia, until when Estonia had been a part of the Russian empire.

Now the country is part of the European Union and NATO, and its president assured those gathered for the anniversary that today Estonia stood alongside friends and allies.

Over 1,100 troops and vehicles were paraded in Tallinn's Freedom square, joined by soldiers from Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine and the U.S., as well as Danish and British units stationed on the Russian border.

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