Estonians Have Nothing to Worry About, Says Ansip ({{commentsTotal}})

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip Source: Photo: ERR

Estonian Prime Minister Andres Ansip said that despite the crisis on the Crimea peninsula, Estonia is not in any way under military threat.

“Russia's decision threatens the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and of course the rest of the world will not sanction this,” Ansip told Postimees on Sunday.

“Estonia is a member of NATO and the EU and under no direct military threat, and people have nothing to worry about,” Ansip said, adding that Estonia supports the idea of sending observers from international organizations to the peninsula.

Siim Kallas, thought to be the prime minister-elect, said that Estonian politicians have to take a side in the Ukrainian conflict.

“The gap between war and peace has become ever hazier. Actions previously taken only in war-time are now done also during peace,” Kallas said, speaking at Sunday's Reform Party congress.

He said that infrastructure-wise, Estonia is still a part of Russia, which has economic benefits, but also raises security concerns and a geopolitical choice.