In Estonia, Obama reassures Baltic countries

In Estonia, Obama reassures Baltic countries

TALLINN, Estonia, Sept. 3 (UPI) --President Barack Obama, speaking Wednesday in Tallinn, Estonia, reassured Baltic allies and other NATO countries of the United States' unwavering support.
Ed Adamczyk

Obama schedule for Friday, Aug. 30

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- President Obama meets with the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia Friday to discuss their two decades of independence, the White House said.

Estonian pres. Twitter feud goes musical

TALLINN, Estonia, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Latvian-born composer said an Estonian orchestra will perform a piece based on the Estonian president's Twitter dispute with economist Paul Krugman.

Bush to be honored by Estonia

TALLINN, Estonia, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush will be awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Estonia, Lithuania vow energy security

TARTU, Estonia, June 21 (UPI) -- Regional cooperation between the Baltic states on energy security and other issues is deepening, the presidents of Lithuania and Estonia say.

Proposed Estonian newspaper law criticized

TALLIN, Estonia, March 31 (UPI) -- A proposed law requiring journalists in Estonia to reveal their sources has come under criticism from the World Association of Newspapers.
Another candidate for EU post

Another candidate for EU post

BRUSSELS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says he is a candidate for one of the new European Union posts created under the Lisbon Treaty.

Estonia: Russia should stop being a bully

TALLINN, Estonia, April 3 (UPI) -- The president of Estonia said Friday that Russia ought to stop bullying its neighbors.

Estonia embraces Azeri energy resources

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Estonia joined a chorus of voices embracing European plans to diversify its energy sector through ties with Azerbaijan, ministers said.

Estonia embraces Caspian gas

TALLINN, Estonia, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Estonia and Azerbaijan share several common interests in the area of energy security through corridors to Europe, the Estonian president said Thursday.

Russian, Estonian presidents meet

KHANTY-MANSIISK, Russia, June 28 (UPI) -- Frosty relations between Russia and Estonia should be thawed during bilateral meetings in Siberia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

UPI Energy Watch

Estonian, Lithuanian hold energy security talks; Armenia to refine Iranian oil; Japanese banks to increase efforts to attract Middle East oil money

EU leaders decry Russia after speech

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- European leaders say a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany underlines the strained relations between Russia and the European Union. Putin said at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy that the United States is a "unipolar" power

Bush visits Estonia, blasts al-Qaida

TALINN, Estonia, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush became the first U.S. leader to visit Estonia Tuesday, where he blamed the al-Qaida terror group for Iraq's sectarian violence.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) looks at Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (L) as they attend an exhibition of national crafts during a Russia-EU summit in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk on June 28, 2008. Medvedev will participate in the opening ceremony of the fifth World Congress of Finno-Ugrian Peoples in Khanty-Mansiysk. (UPI Photo/Alexander Astafiev) ..

Toomas Hendrik Ilves (Estonian pronunciation: ; born 26 December 1953) is the fourth and current President of Estonia. He is a former diplomat and journalist, was the leader of the Social Democratic Party in the 1990s and later a member of the European Parliament. He was elected to the post by an electoral college on 23 September 2006 and his term as President began on 9 October 2006.

Ilves was born in Stockholm, Sweden; his parents were Estonian refugees. He grew up in the United States and graduated from Leonia High School in Leonia, New Jersey in 1972 as valedictorian. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1976 and a master's degree in the same subject from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

During the 1980s, Ilves worked as a journalist for Radio Free Europe and became actively involved in politics prior to Estonia's independence in 1991. Ilves subsequently became Ambassador of Estonia to the United States in 1993; he also served as Ambassador to Canada and Mexico for several years.

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