Monday, November 28, 2005

Help needed


A few minutes ago I read this article saying that Russia strives obtaining Latvia and Estonia to fulfil the minority rights' protection recommendations made by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Council of Europe.

Moreover, Moscow officials have admitted that two Russian ships in the economic territory of Estonia did an investigation of the possible Russian-German gaspipe track without the permission of Tallinn.

While the majority of Latvians in their comments quite rudely claim for Russians to pack their bags and 'go home', I wonder what Estonians think about all this!? Any comments? Would be nice to hear!

4 Comments:

At 5:07 AM, Blogger Jens-Olaf said...

Mart Laar lectured on Estonia and Europe in Osnabrück recently. He said that during the time of Helmut Kohl (chancellor of Germany until 1998) the Baltics got to know about all decisions and negotiations between Russia and Germany at the same time. They got all the information. Nowadays it changed, about the pipline procect they were not informed from the German side anymore (chancellor Schröder), times have changed. This was the most he was worrying about. Next came the environmental aspect and others. This was for the German audience.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Dace said...

Truly? I didn't know that Kohl shared with the Baltics all the stuff that took place between Germany and Russia! I guess that's some kind of remedy or verification that nothing like Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact would blow in once again...?

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Jens-Olaf said...

This is what Laar said, but I am sceptical too here, cause I rate the German politics as very reluctant about the Baltics, especially in the early 90s. Later it was no big deal cause the EU-enlargment process started. I simply had too much discussions about Estonia in Germany which always ended not about Estonia but about nationalism in general. Simply too often.

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Dace said...

At least you have some discussions about such countries as Estonia and Latvia. I have met people, for example, from England who didnt know the Baltics have joined the EU!
Once a man whom I met in the US while travelling asked me if Latvia was in Asia...

 

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