Dear members of the Defense League.
Dear Estonian people.
During the last few years, all of us have probably felt that the security situation surrounding us is very different than before.
Our concerns are based on our basic questions:
What will become of us?
What will become of Estonia?
What will become of Europe?
People want to believe that the present will last forever. No matter whether they are satisfied, or more often, unsatisfied, with the slow pace of improvement. However, we seldom think that the present can rapidly change and change completely.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Ieva Ilves will visit Ruhnu island to meet the local people and open a photo exhibition depicting the life of the people of Ruhnu.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves met today in the Office of the President with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jos Schellaars, who has resided in the Republic of Estonia since 2013 and whose term in office is now expiring. The President presented him with Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 1st Class, for outstanding promotion of co-operation between Estonia and the Netherlands.
Late yesterday evening the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received confirmation from the French authorities that two Estonian citizens were among the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expresses his condolences to the families of the deceased, their relatives and friends.