Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Last quote by Toomas Hendrik Ilves
The huge military expansion on the part of the Russians in the last five to six years is not sustainable.
This page is completely dedicated to what Toomas Hendrik Ilves has to say. All of Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Toomas Hendrik Ilves came from an article called Defense budgets climb as NATO countries step up spending: “Spending 2 percent of your gross domestic product on defense comes at the expense of other things. That's also political risk for any government.”.
Quotes by Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Dec 19 2016
Spending 2 percent of your gross domestic product on defense comes at the expense of other things. That's also political risk for any government.
Nov 23 2014
We are strong liberal democracies, part of the European Union, part of NATO, that (the Russian threat) is something that was gone in 1991. And even throughout the Soviet Period, even then, the attitude was kind of like 'well they don't really fit in here.
Aug 29 2011
I am ready to serve the Estonian state and all the people who live in Estonia, regardless of their world view and their mother tongue.
Aug 13 2008
If we do not, and if we do not stress the territorial integrity of Georgia, if we allow unchecked aggression and invasion then we live in a very different world from the one where we think we have been living since 1991.
Apr 28 2007
What we've seen are crimes; brawling, looting and robbing. This has nothing to do with the keeping of graves, or the memories of those who fell in the war, and nothing to do with nationality.
Nov 25 2006
We may have regrets about the course of the war but we are a country that would have so wanted to have democracies of the world come to our assistance under Soviet despotism, or for that matter, under Nazi despotism, I mean we were invaded by both. In principle, Estonia has the right to be there. We may have, and do have, differences of opinion on how to conduct the operation. We are dismayed to find that the threats we were told were there, were not there. But nonetheless the decision was the right one to take.
Nov 25 2006
Clearly the case of Estonia, its participation in Afghanistan for example, shows that this is not in anyway an iceberg, though we do keep cool. Again it comes back again, that quote is precisely … is a western interpretation but really the same message that democracy, a secure democracy on the border of Russia will be perceived as a security threat. And I think that is just an odd way of looking at the world.
Nov 25 2006
Iraq is not a NATO mission, it's not a price to pay. There are moral obligations certainly to do things if you're a democracy. The decision to send troops to Iraq, and we are in operations elsewhere, are the decisions of a sovereign state and not because we have to pay anything to anyone.
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