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23.07.2015|Foreign Ministry

Address by the Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Welles Declaration

Mr. Ambassador, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen Today, 75 years ago, the United States made a crucial decision regarding the recognition of the continuing existence of Estonia and the other Baltic states. As we know, the 1939 Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact contained a secret protocol by which...
08.06.2015|Foreign Ministry

Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Estonian Foreign Policy Objectives in the Context of the Ukrainian Crisis Thank you to CEPA for inviting me here today. And thank you everyone for showing up on Monday morning to hear me speak. I would like to start by focusing on the issue that has been foremost on our minds this past year –...
19.05.2015|Foreign Ministry

Statement by Ambassador to Permanent Representative of Estonia to the Council of Europe, Gea Rennel at 125th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Dear Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to focus today on our common values enshrined in the Statute of Council of Europe. Let us remind that the Council of Europe was formed to achieve greater unity between its member states for the purpose of safeguarding and...
05.05.2015|Foreign Ministry

Address by Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus at the handover ceremony of the 38th rotation of the NATO Air Policing mission in the Baltic States, the fourth rotation from Ämari

Your excellencies, Generals, Admiral, Dear service members, I am extremely pleased to welcome you to Ämari Air Base and to be a part of the ceremony marking the beginning of the 38th rotation of NATO Air Policing mission in the Baltic States, and fourth rotation from Ämari. Until September...
05.03.2015|Foreign Ministry

Statement by Estonia at UN Human Rights Council 28th Session, 4 March, 2015

Mr. President, My country, Estonia, is starting its 3-rd and final year on this Council. When starting our membership, we set clear priorities, the foremost among them being freedom of expression both on- and offline, rights of women and children and of indigenous peoples. Last Sunday my...
05.12.2014|Foreign Ministry

Address by the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Keit Pentus-Rosimannus at the OSCE Ministerial Meeting in Basel

Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank the Chairperson–in-Office for hosting the Ministerial Meeting here in Basel and I would like to commend your Mr Burkhalter and your dedicated team for your tireless efforts throughout this challenging year. Since the last...
16.10.2014|Foreign Ministry

Discussion on the changed security situation

A speech by Urmas Paet, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Translation from Estonian, as delivered)   Dear Members of the Riigikogu, Dear guests, Today's discussion is primarily framed by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, but there are also many other threats in the East, as well as South of...
24.08.2014|Foreign Ministry

Speech by Foreign Minister Urmas Paet on the occasion of the National Memorial Ceremony Dedicated to the Victims of Nazism and Communism on August 23rd, 2014.

One possible day to commemorate the victims of Communism and Nazism, among many other such days, is unfortunately the day when the Stalin-Hitler Pact and its secret protocols were signed in Moscow in 1939. This act created the basis for the occupation and annexation of several independent nations,...
04.03.2014|Foreign Ministry

Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Urmas Paet at the 25th Human Rights Council

Mr. President, Dear colleagues, Your Excellencies, The situation in Ukraine is critical. The Crimean peninsula has been invaded by Russian troops and aggressions regrettably taking place. Military action in Crimea is a serious threat to European peace and security. The events in Ukraine have...
27.02.2014|Foreign Ministry

Address on Estonia’s Foreign Policy to the Riigikogu on Behalf of the Government of Estonia

Honourable head of session! Dear members of parliament! Honoured guests! Firstly, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the families and people close to those killed in recent weeks and days in Ukraine’s greatest tragedy in the last 20 years. Ukrainian society is broken and...


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