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At the Victory Day thanksgiving service held in Tori Church in Pärnu County, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor emphasised the role of allies in the establishment of the Republic of Estonia and the importance of allies to Estonia today.

“The victory over the red terror of Soviet Russia and the Landeswehr forces of Baltic barons in the Estonian War of Independence is one of the brightest chapters in the history of Estonia,” Eiki Nestor said. “For the first time in history, an ancient dream came true – the state of Estonia was born.”

The President of the Riigikogu noted that Estonia had not been alone in those complicated times. “We were helped by the British navy, we were helped by the volunteers from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Ingria. Russian White Guard and Latvian troops also fought on our side,” he said. “And we won.”

Nestor stated that together with the allies, Estonia is strong also today and able to withstand threats. “In 1940,Estonia was alone, without allies, and lost its independence,” he said. “25 years ago Estonia restored its independence and made a fundamental choice to be part of the West, to return to Europe where we had belonged all the time.”

Nestor noted that in the same way as the victory won in the War of Independence had to be secured, our achievements today also needed protection. “In the War of Independence, side by side with our allies, the state of Estonia was born,” Nestor said. “And in the same way, the state of Estonia will endure – in close cooperation with our allies.”

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