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Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Kalle Palling said that the terrorist attacks in Brussels that resulted in dozens of people killed and injured had been connected with the capture of the organisers of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and were therefore most probably an act of revenge.

Palling expressed condolences to the families and close ones of the victims of the explosions in Brussels.

Palling believes that there is reason to think that today’s attacks are linked to the recent arrests in Belgium. “The events in Brussels today are most probably revenge and a continuation to the recent arrests,” Palling said. He was referring to the attacks in Paris, and the raids to capture terrorists that followed them.

“It is regrettable that we can already see political groupings both in Estonia and elsewhere in Europe who wish to use this tragic event to promote their campaign,” Palling said, and mentioned as examples the gloating statements of some politicians, the upcoming referendum in Britain and the activities of Eurosceptics in Europe. Palling called on refraining from blind anger and populism.

In Palling’s opinion, one of the aims of terrorists is to attack the European values and to disrupt our daily lives and ordinary activities, to create confusion and sow fear, but we must not let this happen. “The European Union has to be unified and act together,” he said. “We must resist all acts of terrorism and brutal attacks together.”

Palling said that after the attacks in Paris, it has been planned to adopt an EU directive on combating terrorism, which the European Union Affairs Committee discussed at its sitting in February. The purpose of the directive is to put in place updated EU level legislation establishing minimum rules on the definition of terrorist offences, offences related to a terrorist group or terrorist activities, and penalties in this area.

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