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Ilves, Toomas Hendrik

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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 11/08/2008

Protest against Russia

The Gazeta Wyborcza publishes a joint declaration by the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in which the politicians protest vehemently at Russia's actions in Caucasus. "We, the leaders of the formerly enslaved nations of Eastern Europe, now members of the European Union and Nato - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - express our extreme concern about the Russian Federation's behaviour towards Georgia. ... In response to the unilateral military activities of the Russian forces we will use all means available to us as presidents to ensure that this act of aggression against a small state in Europe is not concealed or dismissed with meaningless statements that put the victims on an equal footing with the perpetrators. ... The EU and Nato must take the initiative and oppose the spread of imperialist and revisionist policies in Eastern Europe."

El Mundo - Spain | 31/05/2007

Estonia confronted with a new kind of attack

The main websites of Estonia were recently the target of regular attacks that have perturbed the functioning of the country. Small Russian groups are suspected of being the authors of these attacks. Interviewed by Silvia Roman, the Estonian president Toomas Hendrik IIves explains that his country "is facing a new kind of attack that may not use missiles, but are equally aimed against the country. The term 'war' needs to be redefined, because it was created before computers. We have been particularly affected because of the country's advanced technological development. We can compare this with what happened in Spain with the 1936 bombings. Spain was a training terrain for what followed in the 1940s. ... This cyber-attack was intended to test solidarity among EU countries. It must not be forgotten that in the upper echelons of Russian society many people have not appreciated EU enlargement and the accession of former communist countries."

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