"...the land is thawing, the grass is sprouting, the trees are budding and in the shadow of a leaf, a bird is again singing its eternal spring song. It is the sentimental nightingale or the romantic bluebird s i u r u – what difference does it make! The main thing is it is proclaiming new life with new buds, blossoms and grain."
Good Estonian people!
The romantic who wrote this was Tuglas. A hundred years ago. Estonia would soon become an independent state and a hope existed that – year after year –things would slowly improve for future generations.
And that's what has happened. We have our own state, which will never stand alone again. Our partners and allies are with us unconditionally. They respect our language and our culture, our traditions and wishes, just as we have respected them.
And in today's world such allies are extremely important. The world may not be totally out of joint, but we see that things, which have been self-evident for decades, may no longer be absolute.
This world requires countries like Estonia be especially vigilant. It requires the resolute observation of the values that form the basis of society, and especially international law. It requires that we act responsibly on the international stage and in its corridors. I stress this today when, in only 127 days and a little more than seven hours, Estonia will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On the eve of the Independence Day, President Kersti Kaljulaid today presented decorations to 113 people for services rendered to the Republic of Estonia.
President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, and the heads of state of Latvia and Lithuania met today in Munich with the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence. The meeting focused on security issues and the participants confirmed the close mutual co-operation between the USA and Europe, and between the USA and the Baltic states.
President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, will participate in the annual foreign and security policy conference in Munich from Friday until Sunday. The Munich Security Conference is the most important Trans-Atlantic security and foreign policy conference of its kind.