Kaljulaid: Estonia is calm to migration and adequately concerned about Russia
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.»
Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid