Kalju­laid: Es­to­nia is calm to mi­gra­tion and ad­e­quately con­cerned about Rus­sia

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Re­act­ing to a series of news ar­ti­cles and in par­tic­u­lar to one on UK-based me­dia plat­form EurAc­tiv, Es­to­nia’s Pres­i­dent Ker­sti Kalju­laid has writ­ten in an open let­ter that Es­to­nia is not afraid of mi­gra­tion or Rus­sia.

The open let­ter was a re­ac­tion to the ar­ti­cle The Brief: Europe’s elites rush to hide be­hind Mutti’s skirts, by EurAc­tiv.com’s James Crisp, who eval­u­ated that «Scan­di­navia, the Baltics and Cen­tral and Eastern Europe are racked with fears over im­mi­gra­tion or Rus­sia», Es­to­ni­anWorld news por­tal re­ports.

Kalju­laid re­sponded by ex­plain­ing: «Es­to­nia is in no way racked with fears about ei­ther mi­gra­tion or Rus­sia.»

The re­cently-elected head of state con­tin­ued: «In the first case, we are calmly car­ry­ing out the re­lo­ca­tion pro­gramme agreed be­tween EU mem­ber states. Refugees are ar­riv­ing in Es­to­nia ev­ery month and we are work­ing hard to in­te­grate them into [the] Es­to­nian so­ci­ety. So far, not one has left in search of bet­ter liv­ing con­di­tions or warmer weather.»

Turn­ing to Rus­sia, Kalju­laid wrote: «We are aware of our ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion and un­der no il­lu­sions about our neigh­bour. Yet we are no more con­cerned than other al­lies and like­minded part­ners in Europe.»

Au­thor: REUTERS/SCANPIX

Es­to­nia’s Pres­i­dent Ker­sti Kalju­laid

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