Statements https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements Wed, 04 Aug 2021 12:45:33 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Joint declaration of the Heads of State of the Bucharest 9 meeting https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16569-joint-declaration-of-the-heads-of-state-of-the-bucharest-9-meeting https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16569-joint-declaration-of-the-heads-of-state-of-the-bucharest-9-meeting 1. We, the Presidents of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and the Slovak Republic, met virtually today, in the Bucharest 9 platform for consultation and dialogue. We warmly welcome the participation today of the President of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, and of the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

2. We have discussed security developments in the Euro-Atlantic area, including in our neighbourhood. This was an excellent opportunity to reiterate, ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit, our commitment to make a strong NATO even stronger. In a context of evolving challenges and threats, NATO remains the bedrock of Euro-Atlantic stability and security. We have shared our views on the way forward for NATO to 2030 and beyond.

3. We reaffirm our continued determination for a strong and enduring transatlantic bond, based on Allied unity and solidarity, which remains the foundation of our collective defence, as enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. The role of the United States of America for Europe’s security is indispensable. We, as NATO Allies, sharing the same democratic values and principles, will continue to work together to the benefit of Euro-Atlantic security and of that of our citizens. We stand ready to foster equitable burden sharing in full accordance with the commitments undertaken in the Defence Investment Pledge. The upcoming NATO Summit will lay the path towards a new chapter in transatlantic relations.

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ENG Avaldused Mon, 10 May 2021 12:50:10 +0000
Joint declaration on the occasion of the European Day https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16561-joint-declaration-on-the-occasion-of-the-european-day https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16561-joint-declaration-on-the-occasion-of-the-european-day Let’s talk about Europe

We would like to extend our best wishes to all European citizens on the occasion of Europe Day.

This Europe Day is special. For the second year in a row, we are celebrating it in the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We sympathise with all those who have suffered because of it.

This year's Europe Day is also special because it marks the beginning of the Conference on the Future of Europe. We call on all EU citizens to use this unique opportunity to shape our common future.

The circumstances surrounding this discussion on the future of Europe are very different from those of previous years. It may seem that there is not sufficient time for an in-depth discussion on the future of Europe in the current situation. On the contrary, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of what is truly important in our lives: our health, our relationship with nature, our relationships with our fellow human beings, mutual solidarity and working together. It has opened up questions about the way we live our lives. It has showed the strengths of European integration, as well as its weaknesses. We need to talk about all of this.

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ENG Avaldused Sat, 08 May 2021 02:52:15 +0000
Joint Declaration of the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania, gathered in Warsaw on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16555-joint-declaration-of-the-presidents-of-poland-estonia-ukraine-latvia-and-lithuania-gathered-in-warsaw-on-the-occasion-of-the-230th-anniversary-of-the-3-may-constitution https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16555-joint-declaration-of-the-presidents-of-poland-estonia-ukraine-latvia-and-lithuania-gathered-in-warsaw-on-the-occasion-of-the-230th-anniversary-of-the-3-may-constitution We, the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania, meet in Warsaw today in order to jointly celebrate the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the 3 May Constitution. The passing of that momentous Act in 1791, regulating the legal system of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, was of historic importance since it marked the first modern state effective fundamental law on our continent and the second one worldwide.

Mindful of the historical experiences, proud of the achievements of our contemporary cooperation in the region and conscious of the challenges, we look with hope to the future. We express the conviction that the prosperity of our common heritage and common home, rooted in the European civilization, demands that, just like home, also Europe be built on the basis of fundamental values and principles. These are with no doubt: freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity, democracy, the rule of law, equality and solidarity. A uniting Europe should remain open to all countries and nations which share the above-mentioned values.

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ENG Avaldused Mon, 03 May 2021 07:43:12 +0000
Statement of the Presidents of Lithuania, Czechia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16378-statement-of-the-presidents-of-lithuania-czechia-estonia-latvia-poland-romania-and-slovakia https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16378-statement-of-the-presidents-of-lithuania-czechia-estonia-latvia-poland-romania-and-slovakia We, the Presidents of Lithuania, Czechia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia congratulate Maia Sandu on her inauguration as President of the Republic of Moldova.

Maia Sandu has been given a strong mandate from the citizens of the Republic of Moldova who expect changes, a more ambitious reform agenda, democracy and closer ties with the EU.

In this respect, we express our full support to Maia Sandu and her efforts to consolidate the implementation of reforms based on democratic values, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. We stand by the President Maia Sandu in her endeavours to establish a functioning democratic system in the Republic of Moldova that reflects the will of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. We are also ready to share our reform and European integration experience that could contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the Republic of Moldova on its path towards the European Union.

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ENG Avaldused Thu, 24 Dec 2020 04:41:47 +0000
Call for action on Belarus by the Presidents of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland on 13 August 2020 https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16114-call-for-action-on-belarus-by-the-presidents-of-lithuania-poland-latvia-and-estonia https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/16114-call-for-action-on-belarus-by-the-presidents-of-lithuania-poland-latvia-and-estonia We, Presidents of Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and Estonia as regional neighbors of Belarus, members of NATO and the EU, want Belarus to be a stable, democratic, independent and prosperous country. Therefore, we call upon the President of the Republic of Belarus to:

1. de-escalate the situation and terminate the use of force against your people immediately. We urge to stop violence and call for respect of fundamental freedoms, human and citizen rights including the freedom of speech, media, assembly and safety of journalists;

2. urgently release all detained protesters, stop further persecution; 

3. immediately initiate a dialogue with the Belarusian people. Hear the voice of your citizens and let them speak out freely. Based on the experience of our own societies, and on our personal experience, we urge you to organize a national reconciliation roundtable, comprised of representatives of the government and civil society. This would represent an appropriate step in launching a genuine national dialogue. We strongly believe that dialogue is always the best path to advance social development, discuss reforms and the future of your country.

Should Belarusian authorities meet these requirements, the doors for cooperation with international community should remain open. Isolation is not a way for any nation’s prosperity and development.

We stand ready to offer our mediation efforts to reach a peaceful solution in Belarus and to strengthen your country’s independence and sovereignty.

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ENG Avaldused Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:59:52 +0000
Statement of the Presidents of the Baltic states on 8 May 2020 https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/15966-statement-of-the-presidents-of-the-baltic-states-on-8-may-2020 https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/15966-statement-of-the-presidents-of-the-baltic-states-on-8-may-2020
  • We, the Presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, honour the sacrifice of all victims and the Allied soldiers who defeated the Nazi regime on 8 May 1945, thus liberating many European countries from occupation and ending the horrors of the Holocaust.
  • In the aftermath of the war, the United Nations was formed in recognition of the need for a rules-based international order and multilateral cooperation to protect peace, security and common values. Western Europe began to implement the vision of a Europe whole and free, based on peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights. The Council of Europe, NATO and the Treaty of Rome were the founding stones for a new Europe.
  • However, the end of World War II does not mark freedom to the nations of Central and Eastern Europe. Instead, one totalitarian regime was replaced by another when the Baltic states were brutally incorporated into the Soviet Union.
  • Two ruthless dictators – Hitler and Stalin – had divided Europe into their spheres of influence through secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Following the start of World War II on 1 September 1939, the Soviet Union occupied and annexed Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a consequence of this agreement and the Soviet-German Boundary and Friendship Treaty.
  • The central and eastern part of the continent remained under the rule of communist regimes for almost half a century. The Soviet Union used overwhelming military force, indiscriminate repression, mass deportations and total ideological control to subjugate the Baltic nations.
  • The Soviet occupation continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union, thanks to the peaceful and determined efforts of our citizens in our territories and throughout the world, national independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was restored in 1990-1991. A few years later, the Russian army was withdrawn from our states.
  • We pay tribute to those more than 60 Western countries which had not recognized the Soviet occupation of our states de jure. The Welles Declaration by the US Department of State started the policy of non-recognition on 23 July 1940.
  • Today, our nations are an integral part of the European Union and NATO. However, one cannot forget the tragic lessons of the past. We underline the importance of truth and justice.  Misrepresentation of historical events that led to World War II and the division of Europe in the aftermath of the war constitute a regrettable effort to falsify history and question the very foundation of the contemporary international rules-based order.
  • We firmly reject the concept of spheres of influence and insist on equality of all nations. The imperative of international security requires continuous adherence to international law and agreed norms, as well as unconditional respect for the territorial integrity of all sovereign states and their right to choose their own security arrangements and enter into unions and alliances. We reiterate that NATO remains the foundation of the collective defence of our countries and the Transatlantic link is of vital importance for the future security and stability of Europe.
  • We believe that the Western democratic values and unity will ensure the future of the Baltic states and every European nation.
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    ENG Avaldused Thu, 07 May 2020 00:40:58 +0000
    President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid: we cannot silently consent to Russia’s aggression in the Sea of Azov https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14718-president-of-estonia-kersti-kaljulaid-we-cannot-silently-consent-to-russia-s-aggression-in-the-sea-of-azov https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14718-president-of-estonia-kersti-kaljulaid-we-cannot-silently-consent-to-russia-s-aggression-in-the-sea-of-azov According to President Kaljulaid, Russia’s attack on Ukrainian military vessels on Sunday constitutes war in Europe. She calls upon the international community to immediately condemn this act of aggression.

    “On Sunday, Russia attacked Ukrainian military vessels in the Sea of Azov. We must use the right terms: this is war in Europe. The Ukrainian people have been engaged in war since 2014 and the Crimean peninsula is still under occupation.

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    ENG Avaldused Tue, 27 Nov 2018 05:40:12 +0000
    Statement of the President of the Republic of Estonia regarding the current government crisis https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14695-statement-of-the-president-of-the-republic-of-estonia-regarding-the-current-government-crisis https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14695-statement-of-the-president-of-the-republic-of-estonia-regarding-the-current-government-crisis Dear Estonian people,

    I met this afternoon with the chairmen of all three government parties to discuss the current cabinet crisis and the possible scenarios for settling the impasse. 

    Eight days ago I voiced my opinion: “The responsibility to find a consensus and, where appropriate, to discuss the Migration Governance Framework – and I consider it appropriate – lies with the Government of the Republic.” I am sorry that over these eight days we have reached a situation where we no longer remember that there is always, at any given time, the opportunity to involve parliament in discussion on complicated issues. And the government is always welcome to pursue this path.

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    ENG Avaldused Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:43:40 +0000
    Statement of the President of the Republic on the UN Global Compact for Migration https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14685-statement-of-the-president-of-the-republic-on-the-un-global-compact-for-migration https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14685-statement-of-the-president-of-the-republic-on-the-un-global-compact-for-migration President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid:

    “At least now the Government of the Republic’s stance on the UN Compact for Migration is finally clear.

    For a week, the unexpected discord between the governing parties has provided fuel for societal hysterics and lying and hurting people, sometimes even deliberately by linking the compact to things that are not true, but work well to divide the society, such as the question of refugees, which is not actually addressed in this declaration. Indeed, this could be brushed off as ‘regular election campaigning’, but I disagree.

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    ENG Avaldused Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:57:16 +0000
    A Declaration to Celebrate 100 Years of Independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Renewed Partnership https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14205-a-declaration-to-celebrate-100-years-of-independence-of-estonia-latvia-and-lithuania-and-renewed-partnership https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/14205-a-declaration-to-celebrate-100-years-of-independence-of-estonia-latvia-and-lithuania-and-renewed-partnership The United States of America, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, and the Republic of Lith-uania,

    Commemorating the centennial anniversary of independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 2018,

    Marking the beginning of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and Estonia, Lat-via, and Lithuania on July 28, 1922,

    Recalling the consistent recognition by the United States of America of the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania including through the Welles Declaration of July 23, 1940,

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    ENG Avaldused Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:00:00 +0000
    Joint Declaration of the Presidents of Georgia and Estonia https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/13686-joint-declaration-of-the-presidents-of-georgia-and-estonia https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/13686-joint-declaration-of-the-presidents-of-georgia-and-estonia President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili met today in Tbilisi during the State Visit of the President of Estonia to Georgia, celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries

    In the course of the past 25 years, the two European nations have set a strong foundation for the close and substantive relationship, based on historical ties, shared European values such as democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights as well as common interests. Estonia firmly supports Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

    Our bonds of history date back already in the 19th century when first Estonians settled in Georgia. After gaining independence in the beginning of 20th century, Georgia and Estonia established respective diplomatic missions. Today, numerous people-to-people contacts, active relations between institutions and frequent high-level visits illustrate the closeness of our bilateral relations in variety of fields.

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    ENG Avaldused Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:10:58 +0000
    Statement by President Kersti Kaljulaid in response to events in Syria https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/13182-statement-by-president-kersti-kaljulaid-in-response-to-events-in-syria https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/13182-statement-by-president-kersti-kaljulaid-in-response-to-events-in-syria The chemical weapons attack carried out by the Assad regime against its own people three days ago was a monstrous crime with no justification whatsoever. The international agreement of 2013 according to which Syria agreed to give up control over its chemical weapons has amounted to nothing more than hot air.

    The airstrike against a Syrian military airbase carried out by the US last night is a direct consequence of the chemical attack. The West could not remain indifferent. The use of chemical weapons is in direct violation of everything that we stand for, including international agreements and UN Security Council resolutions. The Syrian crisis cannot be resolved peacefully unless the international community intervenes more decisively. The current course of action has not brought success. War criminals must be brought to justice.

    We are exchanging information with the US and other allies and following closely further developments in Syria. We stand together so that these attacks cannot be repeated. We stand together for security. I have convened the National Defence Council for Monday in order to exchange information and discuss developments in Syria.

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    ENG Avaldused Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:19:04 +0000
    Joint Statement of the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/12865-joint-statement-of-the-president-of-estonia-kersti-kaljulaid-and-the-president-of-ukraine-petro-poroshenko https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements/12865-joint-statement-of-the-president-of-estonia-kersti-kaljulaid-and-the-president-of-ukraine-petro-poroshenko The President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met today in Tallinn during an official visit by the President of Ukraine to Estonia.

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    ENG Avaldused Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:23:21 +0000