It is a great honour to have been invited here. Because Ukraine is a country that I've been closely associated with for a very long time. I remember coming here with Elmar Brok and freezing to death on Maidan version 1.0. And I've been here many times after.
But I'd like to split the eight minutes that I have between two points. One is to talk about Ukraine. The other one is to talk about us - what we need to do right now.
Basically, there are two problems. One problem is war and the security environment in Europe today. Ukraine is the focus of these security problems today, but it may have been someone else. We did not really not pick up the phone or notice the alarm of security problems since 2008. We kept hitting the snooze button until this year. The other probem is what Ukraine needs to do.
Today, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will begin his working visit to the United States, where he will speak at the general debate of the 69th regular session of the UN General Assembly, at the security debate organised by the International Peace Institute and at the climate change summit. As an alumni, the President will also give a public lecture at Columbia University.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves stated that 25 years ago he believed in the view of Francis Fukuyama – that democracy had won – but today our international relations have reached a stage he would never have wanted to experience.
Today in Kadriorg, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves received letters of credence from the Ambassador of Belarus, Anatoly Stepus; Ambassador of Finland, Kirsti Johanna Narinen; Ambassador of Poland, Robert Filipczak; Ambassador of Norway, Dagfinn Sørli and Ambassador of Ireland, Frank Flood.