Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks With Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand
KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. My great
pleasure to welcome Marina Kaljurand, the foreign minister of Estonia. And I’m
really happy to have her here in Washington, because we, unfortunately, had to
postpone twice – my fault – because of emergency travel. And I’m very, very
grateful to Marina for her understanding of that.
Estonia is a
very, very key partner in NATO, a strong ally. I can happily say it has been a
leading country on the issue of two percent contribution to NATO. And I want to
ensure that the people of Estonia know that our commitment under Article 5, our
commitment to security, is ironclad.
And we’re also
very grateful for Estonia’s engagement in the effort to make sure that the
integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine are protected. Everybody has a stake in
that issue, but few people have been as clear and as consistent as Estonia has
about this. And one of the reasons is, obviously, Estonia lives a frontline
state life, and that is one where they understand the stakes as well as
They’re also a
very innovative trade partner, very much engaged in regional energy
diversification and other issues. So we have a number of things to talk about
today, including, obviously, countering violent extremism and pushing back
against any efforts by any country to try to interfere with the sovereignty and
integrity of another nation. So welcome to Washington. We’re happy to have you
MINISTER KALJURAND: Thank you. Thank you. Thank
you. It’s a pleasure to be back again in Washington, D.C. It’s a pleasure to
meet you, Secretary.
KERRY: And you know what (inaudible).
MINISTER KALJURAND: Dear John, thank you for your
hospitality. I’m sure that we will have good talks today, and I’m really happy
to be here.
I’d like to take
the opportunity to express my gratitude and the gratitude of Estonian people
and Estonian nation to the United States for your support and for your
leadership, which is extremely important in today’s changed security situation,
which concerns Europe and even more widely.
Yes, we are very
good friends, allies, partners. Our bilateral relations are excellent. But
there is always room for improvement, even for excellent relations. So today,
we – I hope to discuss the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw. Estonia is among the
nations that contributes two percent of GDP to defense. We understand the
difficult or the complex security situation in Europe, and we are not consumers
but we are also providers of security. So we are vocal in NATO, in the EU, in
other organizations. We support democracy; we support freedom of other nations
to choose their future. So I’ll be happy to discuss conflict of Russia and
Ukraine, Ukraine more widely.
energy. And we are very happy to cooperate in all the issues concerning cyber,
cyber and IT, cyber security. We were the first countries in the world to
conclude a memorandum of understanding on cyber security, and we see there is a
lot of possibilities for even closer bilateral relations, and of course wider security
questions – Syria, energy security. So we have a lot to discuss.
Thank you once
again for having me. It’s a pleasure. Thank you.
KERRY: Thank you very much. Thank you.