German president Joachim Gauck assures Estonia of Germany’s support
President Joachim Gauck assured Estonia of Germany’s assistance against a potential threat by Russia. “Together with our partners we should turn against wars and conflicts, and also against Russia’s quest for power,” President Gauck said on the occasion of a state visit of Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Berlin on Friday.
Gauck said that Germany would stand by Estonia’s side guaranteeing the security of the Baltic state.
Estonian, German heads of state talk about bilateral relations in Berlin
The presidents discussed the two countries’ relations, the future of the European Union, and the European security situation at a meeting in Berlin on Friday.
“Germany is one of our closest partners in the European Union and NATO, and bilaterally in the economy, digital cooperation, education, research, as well as culture,” Kaljulaid said after the meeting.
Germany and Estonia’s bilateral relations were very good and consistent, and the countries characterized by a common perception of the changed security situation, Kaljulaid observed. “We have developed a very broad-based cooperation in defense over the years. Germany is indisputably one of our most active European allies in ensuring regional security, contributing constantly to the guarding of Baltic airspace,” Kaljulaid said.
For the last two years Germany had been Estonia’s fourth-largest trading partner after Finland, Sweden, and Latvia, Kaljulaid noted. “Germany is one of the most attractive target markets for Estonian entrepreneurs. This was confirmed by the leaders of Estonian start-ups active in Germany I met in Berlin yesterday,” she said. In her opinion, Estonia and Germany also had similar views on economic questions within the EU, Kaljulaid added.
Gauck and Kaljulaid also discussed digital cooperation. Kaljulaid said that there was interest in Germany in Estonian e-governance solutions, and that the aim was to get to cooperation projects as well.
During her visit Kaljulaid also met with President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert, representatives of the Bundestag’s German-Baltic group, and members of the German Council of Foreign Relations.
On Thursday Kaljulaid laid white roses at the Berlin Wall memorial and met Estonian entrepreneurs doing business in Germany as well as members of the local Estonian community.
Kaljulaid will return to Estonia on Friday night.