On 26 February 1921, Romania recognised the Republic of Estonia de jure, marking the beginning of official diplomatic relations.
For the anniversary year, we have compiled a timeline of Estonian–Romanian relations. It is a chronological gallery of historical photographs, documents, and texts, which provides an overview of the unique and important moments of the relations between the two countries over 100 years.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the collection of facts, photos, and documents!
To see the photo titles, move your cursor to the photo. Happy time travelling!
Estonian Embassy in Romania
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The first document, a telegram sent on 21 July to Bucharest, announces the establishment of the Estonian SSR and the other, an ESSR diplomatic correspondence, was sent on 12 August to the legations in Tallinn that they must be closed by 25 August in connection with Estonia’s ‘accession’ to the Soviet Union. Photo: Archives of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The transition to a democratic state was difficult in both countries. The Estonian Communist Party relinquished executive power without much resistance and the party members merged into the new society. In Romania, the processes were more tense, but the countries soon reached the same level in their relations with the European Union and NATO. It was important for both countries to become members of these organisations. In doing this, it was sensible to coordinate efforts.