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Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson will visit the Riigikogu on Wednesday and give a lecture on “Global Revolution: The Years 1990 and 1991”, where he will shed light behind the scenes of the politics of the time and describe the conditions that made it possible for a small country like Estonia to be recognised as independent. Iceland was the first country to recognise our independence.

Hannibalsson has been very critical of the West for not being able or willing to respond to Russia resolutely enough. “The collapse of the Soviet Union actually offered a unique opportunity for building a new and democratic Russia on the ruins of the Communist system. It is now clear to us in hindsight. After the chaos and disintegration of the Yeltsin administration, Putin’s administration has taken Russia back to its past – back to an authoritarian state with imperialist ambitions. This makes Russia a threat to its neighbours. This is indeed a failure by the leaders of the West,” said Hannibalsson who will be celebrating his 85th birthday on the day of his lecture in the Riigikogu.

Hannibalsson’s lecture starts at 4 p.m. on 21 February in the conference hall of the Riigikogu. The lecture is public and can also be followed online.

Hannibalsson was invited to Estonia by the Estonia-Iceland Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Riigikogu and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Juku-Kalle Raid.

For more information, please contact:

Juku-Kalle Raid
Member of the Estonia-Iceland Parliamentary Friendship Group and Foreign Affairs Committee
[email protected]

Pärtel-Peeter Pere
Chairman of the Estonia-Iceland Parliamentary Friendship Group
[email protected]