Estonian Politician Says Estonian Government and Parliament to View a Package of Measures to Be Taken toward Russia
Azerbaijan, Baku/ Trend , corr. E. Husseynov/ Marco Mikchelson, Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Affairs with the EU, has said that Estonia's Parliament will today consider a package of measures to be taken by the Estonian Government toward Russia.
The mentioned package of actions are expected to be viewed by the Government and then submitted to the Parliamentary Commission for Affairs with the EU by the Estonian Foreign Ministry. Mr Mikhelsson refused to reveal the details of the mentioned package of actions. The present aggravation in Russian-Estonian relations has emerged due to the Estonian Authority's making a decision to dismantle the Monument to the Soldier-Liberator in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. On the night of April 27, despite the massive protest actions swept across the Estonian Capital, the remainders of Soviet soldiers buried in the Memorial were removed.
For the last few days activists of the Russian youth movements of "Nashi" ("Ours"), "Mestniye" ("Locals"), and "Molodaya Gvardiya" ("The Young Guards") have held a piquet as a sign of protest against the dismantling and removal of the Monument in front of the Estonian Embassy to the Russian capital of Moscow. Yesterday, the young activists tried to ruin the pres-conference of the Estonian Ambassador to Russia and on Wednesday the EU said that it had intensions to detach a delegation due to the increasing anxiety over the situation around the Estonian Diplomatic Representative Office to Moscow.
NATO has expressed its deep anxiety due to the threat to the security of Estonian diplomats in the Russian Capital. "We view the situation around our Embassy to Moscow as a source of troubles," stated Mr Mikchelson, by adding that Russia is currently not fulfilling its commitments that the Country has taken within the Vienna Convention for Diplomatic Relations. "Our Embassy to Moscow has been under a siege for seven days, and there is a threat to our diplomats there. The Embassy is under a threat. Unfortunately, the Russian Authorities have took no measures to prevent its. That may affect not only relations between Russian and Estonia, but also the EU -Russian relation," said the Estonian MP.
He also said that as soon as a package of measures to be taken toward Russia is divided by the Government of the Country, it will be submitted to the EU to work out a strategy in its further relations with Russia. " Estonia is an EU and NATO member, and we cannot patent the situation when the coordinated attack on Estonian official web sites from sources of the Russian Presidential Administration, as well as from Russian Foreign Office," said Mr Mikchelson. He added that the mentioned Monument has been removed to a new place in a cemetery by adding that the Monument was quite safe. In addition, he said that on May 8, the Estonian parliament was expected to gather representatives from different countries to honour the memory of those who died in World War II.