President von der Leyen in Estonia; marks one year of Russia’s war in Ukraine, celebrates Estonia’s Independence Day; participates in a videoconference with G7 leaders

Tomorrow marks one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, violating international law and bringing war back to the European continent. For this occasion, President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Tallinn this afternoon, where she will participate in the celebrations for Estonia’s Independence Day.

Tonight, the President will meet the President of the Republic Alar Karis. Tomorrow morning, she will participate at a flag-hoisting ceremony in the Estonian Parliament, which will open the Independence Day celebrations.

Later, President von der Leyen will meet Prime Minister Kaja Kallas for a working breakfast, which will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to the War of Independence.

The President and the Prime Minister will then be joined by Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, for a trilateral meeting. The meeting will be followed by a joint press conference at +/- 10:50 EET (+/- 9:50 CET), which will be broadcast live on EbS+.

At noon, Estonian time, the President will participate in the military parade, where a minute of silence will be observed to honour Ukraine and the victims of Russia’s war.

In the afternoon, President von der Leyen will participate in a videoconference with G7 leaders, hosted by Japan, as current holder of the G7 presidency. The videoconference will be attended also by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.