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Statement of the President of Estonia on the comments of the Estonian Minister of Finance and Minister of Interior

08.11.2020

President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid made a statement today on the comments of the Estonian Ministers of Finance and Minister of Interior. The full statement:

“The verbal assault on the newly elected President of the USA committed by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of the Interior of Estonia today is an attack against Estonian democracy and security. The words of a politician have weight and today two ministers of the Republic of Estonia have decided to use the weight of their words to attack our main ally. Estonian security is based on our own defence capabilities and relations with our allies.

We have created, nurtured and developed them for many long years under different governments, but today we saw that it is also possible to break and demolish them. American people elect their president without help from our ministers, but the Estonian government must stand for our relations with our allies and our security. Sadly, two members of the government have today sent out a clear message, that this relationship is not of value to them.

Equally unacceptable is sowing doubt on the Estonian electoral system without arguments. There can only be one aim—to undermine the trust of our own people against our country. Such behaviour is a threat to our democracy.

I have expressed my views to the Prime Minister and will soon also discuss it with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence. Considering that the acts committed by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of the Interior have damaged our relations with our allies and have sowed doubt on the Estonian democratic elections, I will in the next few days call together the Defence Council to form a clear position in these questions.

Humanely however I am sad and embarrassed.”