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The President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid said that Russia is the most difficult partner, but the dialogue should be conducted even with her. She said this in an interview with EurActiv, the recording of which is available on YouTube.
According to Kaljulaid, Moscow is not fulfilling its international obligations. After analyzing the situation, she says, NATO came to the conclusion that the part of Russia, significant downside risks remain. As another cause for concern Kaljulaid called the presence of Russian troops on the border with Estonia, and compare their number with those that participated in large-scale exercises “West-2009”. In this regard, she said, “if something goes wrong,” the NATO response will be limited.
The President of Estonia considers that from the Russian side there is no immediate threat, because “NATO 100 percent will be able to protect its allies.” Speaking about the dialogue with Moscow, Kaljulaid noted that he had not received invitations to take part in the solemn events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war in may 2020. At the same time, she recalled that in 2020, Estonia is expecting the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier the Minister of internal Affairs of Estonia, Mart Helme, said that the relations of the Baltic republics with Russia will always be complex and in the crisis of NATO and the weakening of the EU they need a fallback for their own safety. According to the Minister, hopes to protect the Baltic States from NATO, the EU and the U.S. are weakening. Helme noted that the future of the Alliance is unknown, so the Baltic States should establish a partnership “with certain States of the” Alliance for the preservation of the defence forces.
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