Estonia's ex-president Kaljulaid to moderate discussions on future of Ukraine in Davos

  • 2023-01-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonia's previous head of state, Kersti Kaljulaid, is taking part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, leading and participating in several discussions on Ukraine's future and the aftermath of the war. 

"Ukraine will win this war, and that victory must first come on the battlefield. That victory must bring peace on Ukraine's terms, restore Ukraine's territorial integrity, and hopefully take away forever Russia's desire to attack other countries. And it is not only Ukraine's responsibility, it is the responsibility of all of us," Kaljulaid said in her remarks released through spokespeople. 

She stressed that it is at least as important to work already now to make sure that those who commit and have committed war crimes and brutal violations of international law are held fully accountable for their actions.

"And it doesn't matter whether these crimes were committed on Ukrainian soil wearing soldier's boots or in the Kremlin's corridors wearing lacquered shoes," she said. 

Kaljulaid will lead two debates at Ukraine House Davos on Wednesday. The first is titled "Tribunals and Reparations: Making Justice Real," where Latvian President Egils Levits, head of the Ukrainian presidential administration Andriy Yermak, former member of the international Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Geoffrey Nice and several other renowned experts will speak.

The second discussion, titled "Holding Russia accountable. Roadmap for Reparations for Ukraine," will feature Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Justice  Iryna Mudra, Patrick W Pearsall, director of the International Claims and Repatriations Project at Columbia Law School, and others.

On Thursday, Kaljulaid will meet with several Ukrainian MPs, participate in a discussion on military conflict and information war, as well as in several other events related to Ukraine.