The Estonian ambassador to Russia, Jüri Luik, said Russia not only took responsibility over for Soviet troops in 1991, but also the moral legacy.
Speaking in front on the Estonian Parliament on Sunday at an event marking the 20th anniversary of Russian troops leaving Estonian soil, Luik said Russian authorities often tell him that they did not bring in the troops in the first place; that Russia was not the Soviet Union. “But you act like you did,” Luik said, citing his usual response to what he sees as an imperialist mindset.
“It is often said that the troops leaving was made possibly by international pressure. I would like to remind people that international diplomacy does not work like that. Only we here in Estonia could have drawn up a plan to send the troops home, and the Western nations supported that plan,” Luik said.
He said Western nations did not focus on Estonia, and Estonia had to push to get it the job done locally as other troops were removed troops from Central and Eastern Europe.