Tere hommikust, good morning.
Once again it is time for Tallinn Music Week, certainly one of the most exciting musical events in Northern Europe. I have, ever since it was begun by Helen Sildna, considered it one of the most interesting musical events in the region, precisely because it fosters new and innovative thinking. It celebrates diversity in musical tastes and the creativity of artists who want to do something new and something different.
As those of you who have heard me in previous years at TMW know, I have a fondness for rock'n'roll and an equally strong fondness for liberty. For me, the two have always gone hand in hand. Yes, you can in fact have liberty without rock, because already 300 years ago when the Scottish philosopher John Locke laid the groundwork for the relationship between the individual and the state, back then there was no rock'n'roll.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, thanked the members of Estonian Defence Forces and their next of kin in Paldiski for defending Estonia's freedom and independence.
Today, at a charity dinner organised by the Carolin Illenzeer Foundation, the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves stated that the activities of Russia in Ukraine have brought intimidation to the forefront for democratic countries.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, sent a letter of condolences to Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea, on the occasion of a maritime disaster that occurred last Wednesday, involving a ferry that capsized and sunk near the coast of South Korea. According to the information available, 64 people are confirmed dead and 238 are missing.