Sergei Zheleznyak, member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, called the idea of Russophobic absurdity the idea of the Estonian Foreign Ministry about Tallinn’s right to demand compensation from Russia for damage from the so-called “Soviet occupation”.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Estonia has the right to demand compensation from Russia for damage from the “Soviet occupation.”
According to Zheleznyak, Estonia, as one of the younger partners of Brussels over the past years, has been constantly trying to prove its allegiance to the EU by choosing anti-Russian rhetoric.
“The depth of the insolvency of the claims made by the Estonian Foreign Minister cannot be seriously discussed. Such statements are not worthy of the level of a diplomat who should know the history of his own country. There can be no talk of any claims against Russia in the“ Soviet occupation ”, all the more so is the subject of proceedings at the level of the International Court of Justice. I think that the Estonian Foreign Ministry also understands this, but, desperate to find another reason for the Russophobian attack, they came up with a completely absurd “, – said Zheleznyak RIA Novosti.
As the deputy noted, it is quite possible that the statement of the Estonian Foreign Minister would not have been made if the Reform Party, which adheres to an extremely radical course in relation to everything connected with Russia and especially the USSR, had not won the parliamentary elections earlier.
“I would like to warn official Tallinn against destructive steps aimed at creating tension in the bilateral relations of our countries and abandoning the policy of infringing on the rights of our compatriots in Estonia,” the parliamentarian said.
In his opinion, attempts to divide Estonian society on a national and linguistic basis violate the democratic foundations and unshakable human rights, “for which they so advocate in words in Europe.”
Having previously held the post of Minister of Justice, Reinsalu repeatedly raised the issue of Russia reimbursing damage from the so-called “Soviet occupation.” A commission created by the Ministry of Justice said the damage from the so-called “Soviet occupation” amounted to approximately 1.2 billion euros.
The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the occupation of the Baltic countries in 1940 by the USSR could not be discussed. The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that it considers the accession of the Baltic States to the USSR as in accordance with the norms of international law of that time.
According to the ministry, the term “occupation” cannot be used here, since there was no military action between the USSR and the Baltic states, and troop entry was carried out on a contractual basis and with the express consent of the authorities existing in these republics. In addition, national authorities were operating in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia during their stay in the Soviet Union (with the exception of the time of German occupation during the Great Patriotic War).