Estonian diplomatic service

Estonian diplomatic service

Estonian Diplomatic Service (1940-1991).

Estonia was occupied on June 17, 1940 by Red Army troops and officially annexed to the Soviet Union on August 6, 1940. But the United States, from 1940 through 1991 never recognized the forcible and illegal annexation of the Baltic States in conformity with the principles of the Stimson Doctrine (US Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles`s Declaration of July 23, 1940), and more than 50 countries followed this position. The Republic of Estonia, from 1940 through 1991, continued to exist as a state de jure according to international law during the whole period of its actual occupation and annexation. Therefore, some Estonian diplomatic and consular representations continued to function from 1940 through 1991 in some Western countries (USA, Australia, UK etc.), dealing with a limited part of state functions of the Republic of Estonia.

The Heads of the Estonian Diplomatic Service were Johannes Kaiv (1940-1965) and Ernst Jaakson (1965-1991).

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