Enduring diplomat

Estonia's foreign minister Urmas Paet on why he is grateful for the liberties his country can now enjoy.

Urmas Paet must be a good friend to have. When, two years ago, one of his associates asked him to promote a skydiving club by making a parachute jump, Estonia’s foreign minister, despite obvious reservations, agreed. Granted, he had a professional parachutist with him to ensure the chute opened and the landing was smooth – but the 300-kilometre-per-hour freefall must still have been daunting. “That was my first and last [jump],” says Paet, though adding quickly, “but never say never.”

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