Thank you very much for inviting me. I always come back to Columbia, this is where the ursprung of my life is from. It is always a pleasure for me to speak at my Alma Mater. Last year, I spoke here about cyber security. Estonia is a highly digitized society, we must take cyber threats seriously. But at that time, just a year ago, we had no idea how much the world around us would change within months. In the past seven months we have seen a complete sea change in the security environment of the transatlantic area, for which we were not prepared.
There had been warning signs. For example, Russia's aggression against Georgia in 2008 was a wake-up call, but everyone hit the snooze button, chose to ignore it. A month after president Sarkozy had announced his peace plan, the EU and Russia said they were not going to do anything about it, even though the peace plan provisions on removing the Russian troops were never met. So we knew beforehand that things were shifting, but we chose not to pay attention.
"Today is the first day on the job for NATO's new Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. I wish him strength and success in this position. NATO's previous Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will go down in the annals of history as one of the most successful and determined leaders to have ever steered the alliance. I am positive that NATO's new Secretary General Stoltenberg will maintain the alliance's influence, look out for its allies and uphold our shared values and interests as a successful defence organisation during these difficult times, which all of us will continue to face going forward," said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is on a working visit to Braga, participated in a discussion on important energy questions related to the security of the European Union with the other heads of state at the meeting of the Arraiolos Group. The topics included energy independence from Russia and possible alternative solutions for the countries' energy supplies.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is on a working visit to Braga, Portugal, where he will attend the meeting of the Arraiolos Group, which discusses key issues of the European Union.