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Estonian Ambassador to Belarus says West 2017 drills pose no danger

Estonia believes that the West 2017 exercise does not threaten NATO countries in any way. This opinion was voiced today by the Estonian ambassador to Belarus during a conference on the future of the Eastern Partnership.

Estonia, as the current EU President, organized the forum together with Minsk Dialogue initiative. Diplomats, scholars and experts from Russia, Europe and the USA gathered to assess the geopolitical situation in the region.

Merike Kokajev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Belarus:
I believe that these are regular exercises, and I do not think there will be any danger. I am sure that Russian troops have arrived in Belarus and they will leave that country after the drills. I think that this is unnecessary speculation. We are very grateful. Belarus showed itself from a very good side. You are very open. Transparency is very important.

At the meeting international experts discussed how the peacekeeping initiatives of Belarus affect the activities of the organization and whether the escalation in relations between Russia and the West affects the EU's partnership with neighboring countries.

Estonian Ambassador to Belarus says West 2017 drills pose no danger