Stenbock House, 10 March 2014 – Prime Minister Andrus Ansip informed the Riigikogu today of his resigning, as required by the Government of the Republic Act.
"I am informing you that I expressed my decision to resign from office of my own choosing at the Government session on 4 March 2014, on the basis of section 9, subsection 3 of the Government of the Republic Act," Ansip said."Consequently, I informed the President of the Republic on the same day of the resignation of the Government headed by me, on the basis of section 92, subsection 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia."
Pursuant to the Constitution, the President will relieve the Government from office when a new Government assumes office.
This evening the President of the United States, Barack Obama, called the presidents of the Baltic states, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Andris Bērziņš and Dalia Grybauskaitė to consult on the situation in Crimea.
At a meeting with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzõ Abe, announced that Japan will be participating in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, will start bilateral cyber security co-operation with Estonia and wishes to join the Internet Freedom Coalition and establish close relations with the Nordic and Baltic countries. The prime minister described Estonia as a country that holds a leading position globally in the sphere of information technology and cyber issues.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Evelin Ilves met today in Tokyo with Akihito, Emperor of Japan, and Empress Michiko.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who arrived in Tokyo on a visit at the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister, today made a presentation at the Japan Association of New Economy, gave a lecture at Waseda University, met with local and foreign media at Tokyo National Press Club and paid a visit to the headquarters of Microsoft Japan, where Estonian and Japanese start-up companies were introduced to investors.
Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu welcomes the prompt increase in the military presence of the US, NATO’s largest member state, in the Baltic region.
“While consulting and analysing with the United States the security situation in Europe, which has changed due to Russian Federation’s acts of aggression against Ukraine, I asked for the strengthening of air policing in our air space,” said Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu. “I am truly glad that Estonia’s most important ally has positively responded to this request so promptly.”
Defence Minister Reinsalu says that NATO’s concept of deterrence is flexible and adaptable based on the security situation. “The Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine has changed the security situation and therefore it is logical that air policing will be strengthened. The North Atlantic Council will also consider other possible deterrence options,” added the Defence Minister.
Sending six additional fighters and two air-to-air refuelling planes to the Baltic Sea region will improve NATO’s air-policing capability by providing greater flexibility and scope to NATO’s air-policing operations. As of today, the air-policing operations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be performed by ten US F-15 fighters and two KC-135 air-to-air refuelling planes.
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Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Major General Riho Terras discussed the situation in Ukraine as well as the overall security in the region today with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America, General Martin Dempsey.“There is a real necessity to demonstrate the unity of NATO today, because all of our Allies’ security is the primary priority of the US,” General Dempsey said.
Major General Terras stressed that given the current situation Europe must act concretely and send Russia a clear signal that its behaviour in Ukraine cannot be tolerated. “If necessary we need to empower this statement with political and economic sanctions,” Terras added.
General Martin Dempsey serves as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since 2011. Estonian Defence Forces members in Iraq were commanded by the General Dempsey in 2003-2004, during which time Estonian infantry platoons Estpla-7 and Estpla-8 served under the USA 1st army armoured division. Estonians serving in the NATO Training Mission Iraq during 2007 were also under his command.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Evelin Ilves will today board a flight for a visit to Japan. Japan, a member of G7 and Estonia's close ally in Asia, is our important economic and business partner. The main goals of the long-planned visit of the Estonian Head of State include top-level discussions about security and economic policies, the promotion of information and communication technology as well as the cyber sphere and enhancing business contacts between the two countries.
Last evening, the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, discussed Russia's military activities in Ukraine with the Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.
Estonian Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vējonis and Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas held a phone conversation today in which they discussed current events in Ukraine and information sharing on an on-going basis. Defence Minister Reinsalu said that the defence ministers of the three states jointly denounced the invasion and occupation of the territory of Ukraine by Russia.
“Under the present circumstances, it is essential that the Baltic states consult each other on security matters and cooperate closely,” said Reinsalu.
In their phone conversation, the ministers stressed the need for additional coordination and information sharing between the general staffs of the defence forces.
The Commanders-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were also present at the conversation.
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