“Let us discourage Russia, not ourselves” Alar Karis, President of Estonia
Speaking after a lunch meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, President of Estonia Alar Karis said: “It is naive to say that Russia is part of the European security architecture.”
“Russia, which has started a full-scale war to conquer Ukraine, does not want to take responsibility for peace and stability in Europe but aims to undermine said stability and security. Therefore, Russia is now a threat to European security architecture,” the president continued.
Russia has commenced a full-scale war on Ukraine and is not interested in peace and stability in Europe — in fact is interested in the reverse of that and wishes to undermine that stability, meaning that the West needs a rethink on its foreign and security policy and needs to be realistic about the situation, Karis said.
He also noted the apparent loss of self-confidence on the part of the West in standing up to Russia, if and where it stands up to Russia at all, ERR reported.
Less timidity is needed, Karis added: “Let us discourage Russia, not ourselves.”