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"Some kind of blackmail": the expert about the purpose of a visit of the head of Estonia to Moscow — Rambler News Service


Photo: Alexey of Druzhinin/TASS the President of Russia Vladimir Putin accepted on April 18 in the Kremlin the Estonian colleague Kersti Kalyyulayd. The last Russian-Estonian summit took place about 10 years ago. The director of Institute of the latest states Alexey Martynov explained to RNS the decision of Tallinn with two reasons at once — internal pressure from the Estonian business and attempt of blackmail of EU partners. "The president of Estonia decided to visit Moscow contrary to so-called all-European solidarity … In my opinion, a role was played here by the internal pressure upon political system of Estonia from local businessmen and citizens who at the same time are voters. This pressure moved the European solidarity as Estonia sustains enormous economic losses from the Russian countersanctions" — the expert said. According to Martynov, "good few" of economy of Estonia depends on its relationship with Moscow, including transit of various freights and delivery of the Estonian goods to the Russian market. The authorities of Estonia understood that the European Union will not begin to compensate losses of Tallinn then Kalyyulayd decided to go to Moscow and to try to adjust again dialogue, the expert is convinced. In addition there is an opinion that the visit of the president of Estonia to Russia is "some kind of blackmail" — Tallinn shows to partners that in case of lack of compensations will begin negotiations with Moscow and by that will break that all-European solidarity, the expert explained. Damage of Estonia Estonia imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014 as the member state of the European Union. The situation in Ukraine and reunion of the Crimea with the Russian Federation became the reason. The same year Moscow entered response restrictive measures and headed for import substitution. The damage of Estonia from the anti-Russian sanctions is estimated in hundreds of millions of euros, the Russian Ambassador in Tallinn Alexander Petrov said in an interview to TASS. According to the diplomat, the Estonian businessmen regularly act in favor of cancellation of restrictive measures. Petrov added that in 2014, before imposition of sanctions, the Russian-Estonian commodity turnover was about $5.3 billion. After introduction of restrictive measures it was cut by half — to $2.7 billion in 2015. Background of a meeting the visit of the president of Estonia, the first for the last eight years, to Russia became known on March 28. Then the press service of the head of state reported that Kersti Kalyyulayd will arrive on April 18 to Moscow on the opening ceremony of the restored building of Embassy of Estonia. The adviser to the Estonian president for foreign policy Lauri Kuuzing explained her visit with the fact that in Moscow the first representation of the country is located historically abroad which is one of the largest and important Embassies of Estonia now. On April 4 the former mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar on the page on Facebook Kersti Kalyyulayd suggested the president of Estonia to discuss cancellation of reciprocal sanctions with Vladimir Putin. About made such statement, having read about burning in Russia 72 tons of the Estonian sprat confiscated the customs officer

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