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Europe needs to be ‘assertive’ with Russia, says Estonia’s president, Financial Times

Kersti Kaljulaid praises Nato for putting ‘boots on the ground’ in Baltic region. 

The Baltic states are safer and better defended than they were when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 as Europe has woken up to the need for it to be “assertive” in dealing with Moscow, according to Estonia’s president.

Kersti Kaljulaid told the Financial Times: “European countries are collectively realising that while, during the cold war, our regional risk was everyone’s global worry, which is Russia, [now] Russia is an economy which looks smaller and smaller, its demographics are bad — we need to be assertive and able to deal with our regional risks ourselves. Of course, always supported by our transatlantic bond.” Ms Kaljulaid argued that in recent decades “times have moved on”, and that the US was rightly keeping more of an eye on China and how “it plans to use its economic might in geopolitical games”.

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