The President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, speaking at a ceremony in honor of the 98th anniversary of the state independence, stated that Russia was prevented by his country to achieve prosperity. According to Ilves, if not fatal neighborhood, Estonia would have turned into a little Switzerland.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
The Estonian leader also raised the issue of the migration crisis, which, in his opinion, could lead to the collapse of the EU. Ilves expressed concern because of the initiative of the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, who proposed to deprive Estonia and other countries of Eastern Europe funding because of the refusal to accept migrants.
The head of state is convinced that Estonia should accept only those refugees who are fleeing from war and do not represent a threat to its security. “The rest, that is, economic migrants and in search of fortune, it is necessary to send back, as it has already become the most exemplary way of doing Finland”, — he noted.
Previously, the EU has obliged Estonia to host 550 refugees from Africa and the Middle East, which caused a wave of protests across the country.