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Harju County and Rapla County Electoral District

30 November 1969 Valga, Estonia
Married, one daughter

Education: Valga Gymnasium (former Secondary School No. 1) 1988; University of Tartu, history 1993; MA in history 1999

Career: newspaper “Postimees”: world news editor 1993–1994, Moscow correspondent 1994–1997, Editor-in-Chief 1997–2000; Baltic Centre for Russian Studies, Director 2000–2003

Party affiliation: Res Publica / Pro Patria and Res Publica Union 2001–2017; Estonian Reform Party 2018–

Membership in representative bodies: 10th Riigikogu (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2003–2005, Deputy Chairman 2005–2007), 11th Riigikogu (Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee), 12th Riigikogu (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee), 13th Riigikogu (Chairman of the National Defence Committee 2015–2016, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2016–2019); 14th Riigikogu (Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2019–2021, Chairman 2021–); Valga City Council 2002–2003; elected to Viimsi Rural Municipality Council 2005–2013

Awards: Order of the White Star, 4th Class 2006. Commander of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique of the Republic of Portugal 2003; Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy 2004; Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas 2004; Knight of the National Order of Merit of France 2005; Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 2009; Commander 1st Class of the Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden 2011; Order of Merit of the Republic of Malta 2012; Order of the Three Stars of Latvia, 3rd Class 2012; Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland 2014; Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2018; Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary 2018.
Golden Award of the Estonian Ministry of Defence 2004 and Cross of Merit of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, 2nd Class 2016

Other activities: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Head of Estonian Delegation (2003–2007); NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Head and member of Estonian Delegation (2011–2019); International Centre for Defence Studies, Supervisory Board; Tallinn Rotary Club; reserve officer (Second Lieutenant); Estonian Reserve Officers' Association; Estonian Defence League, Harju District, supporting member;
Books “Venemaa: valguses ja varjus” ("Russia: In Light and Shadows") 2010, “Murdeajastu” (“Era of Dramatic Changes”) 2018; articles mainly on foreign policy in the Estonian and international press

Hobbies: golf, tennis



  • Väliskomisjoni algatatud olulise tähtsusega riikliku küsimusena välispoliitika arutelu
  • Aitäh, Maria, selle küsimuse eest! Sa viitasid, et suhted Eesti ja Venemaa vahel on pingelised. Need ei ole, kahjuks võib nii öelda, pingelised olnud vaid viimasel ajal. Seda pinget, nii emotsionaalset, ajaloolist kui ka muud pinget, mida nendes suhetes on tunnetada olnud, on olnud päris pika aja jo
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09.01.2012 / 13:10
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