On Monday, the Government was briefed by national intelligence agencies on the Paris terror attacks and the measures implemented by the Estonian authorities to tighten security. The Cabinet meeting began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.
According to Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, the terror threat level has not changed for Estonia; however, the national intelligence agencies are implementing preventive measures to increase security and sense of protection. The police has specified the profile of checks on both borders and roads. There is an increased police presence at ports and airports.
“The Paris terror attacks targeted not only France but the whole democratic world and the democratic value space that is fighting terror and brutal crime," Rõivas said. "There is no place for terrorism in a world that is based on humane values; a world that values human life. What happened in Paris was cruel and inhuman,” he added.
Rõivas said that he agreed with the opinion of Bishop Philippe Jourdan, the Apostolic Administrator in Estonia – what the terrorists feel is hate and they share no direct link to a specific religious doctrine or nation.
“We need to be determined and united so we can stand up to that hatred; we cannot let our societies be split up. We cannot be paralyzed by hatred or fear,” Rõivas said.
He also stressed that using the tragic events in Paris to spread anti-refugee attitudes and equating terrorism with people who are fleeing military conflict zones is unacceptable.
“It is exactly such terror and brutality that the refugees are fleeing from. We should not slam the door on those who need help,” he said, adding, however, that we need to improve the system of identifying and registering immigrants both in Europe and in Estonia.
Editor: M. Oll