Moscow ‘Concerned’ Over Treatment Of Russians In Estonia

Whether a similar move that was done with Crimea will take place with Estonia is up in the air. It should be important to know, however, that Estonia is a NATO member. This means an attack on one member is an attack on all, which also might reduce the likelihood of a repeat. Perhaps a new trick can be played in this case by Russia as it did with Georgia and Ukraine, which caught everyone off guard, though.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.

Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.

“Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups,” the diplomat was reported as saying. Russia was “concerned by steps taken in this regard in Estonia as well as in Ukraine,” the Moscow envoy was said to have added.

The text of the Russian remarks, echoing long-standing complaints over Estonia’s insistence that the large Russian minority in the east of the country should be able to speak Estonian, was not immediately available.

But amid the growing Crimea crisis, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – which like Ukraine were all parts of the old Soviet Union – have expressed growing apprehension over Moscow’s intentions.

Full article: Moscow ‘Concerned’ Over Treatment Of Russians In Estonia (Business Insider)

One response to “Moscow ‘Concerned’ Over Treatment Of Russians In Estonia

  1. Sounds like a new “Sudetenland” propaganda trick like in 1938 … remember what uncle Adolf did in the 30’s … annex, fake “Anschluß” with Austria, etc. Putin is following in his boot-steps!