American and Russian leaders congratulate Estonia (3)
US Secretary of State John Kerry offered congratulations to Estonia on behalf of the President and the citizens of the United States on the occasion of Estonia’s Independence Day. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory message to President Ilves.
"On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of Estonia as you celebrate on February 24 the anniversary of the founding of your Republic," Kerry said.
"As NATO allies, our two countries work closely to promote peace, freedom, and prosperity around the world. Estonians should be proud of the respect their nation has earned because of the strength of its democratic institutions, its participation in multilateral peacekeeping missions, its unwavering support for European integration and transatlantic unity, and its leadership in fostering innovation, e-governance, and cybersecurity. Estonia is also justly admired for its achievements in the arts, including its award-winning filmmakers and the works of revered composer Arvo Pärt," he said.
Kerry said that since Estonia's founding in 1918, through wars both hot and cold, the United States and Estonia have remained stalwart partners and friends.
"On this special occasion, I wish the people of Estonia the very best as we pay tribute to those whose past sacrifice and future hopes have made Estonia the resilient and vibrant country it is today," the secretary of state added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves congratulating Estonia on Independence Day, wishing "happiness and wellbeing to the multi-ethnic population of the republic," the Russian embassy in Tallinn announced on Facebook on Monday.