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Estonia was scared by the fifth column2008-11-17 12:54
The deputies of the local parliament are beating the alarm: it appears to them the Russian tanks are invading.
The first to be an anxious foreteller was the Chairman of the Estonian Parliament for the EU issues Marko Mikhelson. He is convinced that the Russian president conveyed a very clear message that Moscow was impinging on Estonia's statehood. That means that in the coming years Russia will try to reinforce its political presence in the Baltic region. And considering that the local Russians are "the fifth column" by definition Estonia and Latvia are in the zone of extreme danger and are very likely to become the next target of "Russian aggression".
Not all political colleagues share his view completely, their alarms expand further. They suppose the Kremlin won't stop until it conquers the planet. "This is only a preface. - another specialist for Russia, ex ambassador of Estonia in Moscow, Mart Helme says revealing "the Kremlin's wicked designs" - By provoking ethnic conflicts Russia will have an opportunity of military intervention in the Baltic region. According to the plans of Russian special services "old" Europe and Russia' dominance throughout Eurasia are next in turn".
The looks of nationally preoccupied deputies immediately turned to the North-East. In such towns like Narva, Silamyaee and Kokhtla-Jarve the Russians constitute a majority of the population. The deputy of Seym and Secretary General of the Union of Native Land Margus Tsakhkna called the situation in Narva dangerous. "There are no reasons for panic yet, though in August Russia demonstrated that it was ready to gain the right to protect its citizens in a foreign territory. The war in Georgia has changed the limits of the international law, and the EU could not help it. Now of 70 thousand Narva residents 23 thousand are citizens of Russia, and the mass distribution of Russian passports is in full swing".
However general passportization was not confirmed by the Russian embassy. "It is absolutely inacceptable to be guided by speculations and unverified facts, - Russia's general counsel in Narva Nikolay Bondarenko stated. - Estonia's certain circles intend to scare the people by "mass distribution of passports" for opportunistic political purposes thus shifting the responsibility for drastically lowered naturalization rates in Estonia onto Russia".