Statements https://president.ee/en/meedia/statements Thu, 28 May 2020 14:05:10 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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 A few years later, the Russian army was withdrawn from our states.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