"Europe needs more of the Germany of Gauck and Merkel – today's Germany combines moral values and determination and hides the source of Europe's competitiveness," stated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves upon the completion of his state visit.
The Mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas, placed a wreath on behalf of the President of the Republic at a memorial in Geesthacht forest cemetery that is shared by war refugees from the three Baltic states.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who arrived on a state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany on Monday, today took a German Luftwaffe plane from Berlin to Kiel.
The Estonian Minister of Defence Mr. Sven Mikser discussed with the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Ms. Elissa Slotkin current issues in regional security and Russian continuing aggression. During the meeting solidarity of NATO member states was emphasized. Mr. Mikser also expressed gratitude to US for the ongoing military presence in Estonia.
Arvo Pärt's composer concert in Berlin Concert Hall was performed in front of a full house last night and was an emotional high-point of the state visit to Germany by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who is in Berlin and has been on his state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany since Monday, met yesterday with the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel; the President of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier; the Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble and the Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who today began a state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, which is to last until Thursday, confirmed that Germany is the embodiment of political reason in democratic Europe.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will depart for a state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, accompanied by a representative business delegation.
Today Latvian Minister of Defence Raimonds Vējonis bestowed the Medal of Honorary Recognition of the Latvian Minister of Defence on Estonian Ministry of Defence undersecretary for defence policy Sven Sakkov.
Sakkov received the medal, which is the highest one awarded by the Latvian Ministry of Defence, for his outstanding contribution to the development of the defence cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
“The undersecretaries for defence policy of all three countries’ defence ministries have worked together for years to strengthen security for all of us. Thanks to their activities, existing cooperation projects have been developed and possibilities for starting new projects have been sought. The cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is one of the cornerstones of our security,” said Vējonis.
The Medal of Honorary Recognition of the Minister of Defence is the highest decoration awarded by the Latvian Ministry of Defence, and it is awarded to recognize outstanding achievements in strengthening the national defence and security.
Photos of the ceremony
Minister of Defence Sven Mikser, who paid a visit to the year’s largest Defence Forces exercise, Siil, said the Estonian national defence system is functioning impressively and that the successful exercise has put an end to talk of switching over to a fully professional Defence Forces.
“I observed the planning stage and the exercise itself very closely. Estonia’s national defence model is functioning very well,” said Mikser after the visit to Siil. “On the basis of the first overall assessments I can already confirm that Siil was a success. The Estonian mobilization system works and our people have a high commitment to defending their country. Chief of Defence Lt. Gen. Riho Terras and the Defence Forces general staff deserve top marks for their successfully passing such an important exam.“
Mikser said it was now the time to draw conclusions and analyse the lessons for continuing to develop the reserves and the mobilization system.
Mikser said he was grateful to reservists, Defence Leaguers and their employers in the civilian world for what he called a noteworthy contribution to Estonian military defence.
Siil 2015, which winds up this Friday and covered all of Estonia, was the largest Defence Forces exercise in history. Siil is being carried out in place of the annual Kevadtorm exercise and involves over 13,000 reservists, Defence League members, conscripts, active duty members and troops from other NATO allies.