President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has started his Baltic tour during which he will also visit Tallinn on Thursday.
President Zelenskyy tweeted that he will arrive in Vilnius Wednesday before moving on to Tallinn and Riga, adding that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are reliable friends and principled partners for Ukraine.
Zelenskyy will meet with Lithuania's president, prime minister and parliamentary speaker, as well as the media and the local Ukrainian community.
The exact schedule of Zelenskyy's Tallinn visit has not been disclosed for security reasons. The Latvian presidential office told news agency BNS that Zelenskyy will be in Latvia Thursday and that his official welcome ceremony will start at 4:15 p.m. Latvian public broadcaster LSM said that Zelenskyy will be arriving in Riga from Tallinn, meaning he will spend the first half of Thursday in the Estonian capital.
The topics of discussion in the Baltic countries will be security, EU and NATO integration, cooperation on electronic warfare and drones and coordinating European support.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are our reliable friends and principled partners.— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 10, 2024
Today, I arrived in Vilnius before going to Tallinn and Riga.
I will hold talks with the President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Seimas, as well as meet with politicians, the media, and the…
The Office of the President in Estonia confirmed Zelenskyy's visit and that he will be meeting with President Alar Karis, President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. Zelensklyy will also give a speech in front of the Riigikogu.
"Democratic countries have done a lot to help Ukraine, while we need to do more together for Ukraine to win and the aggressor to lose. Only then could we hope this will be the last military aggression in Europe where someone is looking to dictate their neighbors' political decisions to them using missiles, drones and cannons," Karis said via a press release.
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in a press release that Estonia believes in Ukraine's victory.
"I and I believe all the Estonian people are honored to welcome the president of Ukraine to Tallinn," Kallas said before the upcoming meeting.
"Estonia believes in Ukraine's victory. We must support Ukraine as long as it is needed and also as much as necessary for Ukraine's victory. These are crucial times, and we need to keep our focus. If we let the aggressors override international law and dictate the rules of the game, we will find ourselves in a much more dangerous world," Kallas emphasized.
Editor: Marcus Turovski, Mait Ots