Russian ambassador: Developing Estonian-Russian trade would send positive signal (7)
Russia’s ambassador to Estonia, Aleksandr Petrov, finds that relations between Estonia and Russia could be improved by developing the countries’ business ties.
Petrov said in Tallinn on Thursday that Russia took issue with the placement of NATO troops in Estonia, but that neighborly ties could be improved by more cooperation in economic matters.
“Russia has repeatedly expressed its point of view regarding the moving of NATO infrastructure close to our border, and the increase of its military presence — this is affecting general security and stability extremely negatively,” Petrov said.
According to the ambassador, Russian president Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Russia wasn’t planning to attack anyone. “We would welcome to hear such announcements from the other side as well, but sadly this isn’t happening,” he added.
Cooperation in the course of developing the two countries’ mutual business ties would send a positive signal that would also be heard by the politicians, the ambassador said.
“No matter what they are, any positive steps certainly increase the feeling of security of Russians and also the people of the neighboring countries,” Petrov added.
The ambassador believes that if trade between Estonia and Russia can be made to grow, both countries’ residents would benefit.