Speeches

At the 16th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting in Kyiv

At the 16th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting in Kyiv

Dear Ukrainian friends and friends of Ukraine! 

I am very happy to be back at this conference with you and also happy to see free mister Sentsov here. I believe many of us here have called for his freedom and freedom for other prisoners. Many of us have used hashtags #freesentsov. And now it has happened.

On the other hand, let us not forget that this is only the first step, but the run is a marathon – 42 kilometres.

At the moment it is not yet easy to say that we have taken a really long step forward, but I know that somewhere around the 21 km mark, the political elite of this world might feel that we are closer to the finish line then we actually are.

At that point we must remember that Crimea is still occupied, this is something we need to solve and it takes strategic patience.

It may take 50 years — the Baltic states were occupied 50 years, but this was never recognised and this is what gave us back our freedom. So, I wish you all the happiness and I wish us all strategic patience in that question.

While preparing this speech, I realised that while political thinkers of the Baltic states are often invited to share their reform experience, our experience is, to a certain extent, rather irrelevant. It is true that its technicalities are still relevant, but their meaning to the outside world, if repeated, will be totally different.

When we started out, exiting the turbulence of the last days of the Soviet occupation, the world in general and Europe in particular were, in historic terms, a relatively safe haven.

Liberal democratic values, media freedom, personal freedoms, even global living standards, emerging markets—everything the statisticians measured—were picking up.

There was a safe haven, maybe a bit stagnant—missing the opportunities of new technologies, because the sectors where these technologies emerged – telecom, medicine – had long and protected investment cycles.

13.09.2019

 

News

President Kaljulaid discussed with Zelensky the cooperation and development of the two countries

President Kaljulaid discussed with Zelensky the cooperation and development of the two countries

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on a working visit to Ukraine, met with his Ukrainian colleague President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev today to discuss recent developments and the state of reform in Ukraine, as well as the Ukrainian business environment and the rule of law.

16.09.2019

 

President Kaljulaid at YES: Ukraine can become the next success story

President Kaljulaid at YES: Ukraine can become the next success story

Developments in Ukraine could show the rest of the world the way and who can say that Ukraine can`t be the next global success story, president Kaljulaid said at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting in Kyiv.

13.09.2019

 

President Kaljulaid met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Oleksiy Honcharuk

President Kaljulaid met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Oleksiy Honcharuk

President Kersti Kaljulaid began a working visit to Ukraine today, where she met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who assumed the position two weeks ago. The meeting between the President of the Republic and the Ukrainian Prime Minister mainly focused on developments in Ukraine, the new government’s continuation of the planned reforms, legal certainties for the business environment and combating corruption.

12.09.2019