Ansip: Soldiers of Odin one step away from little green men   ({{commentsTotal}})

Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip.
Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Digital Single Market EU Commissioner and former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip on Friday criticized the Soldiers of Odin, a self-proclaimed vigilante group whose purported aim is to protect the native population from immigrants by patrolling the streets. Ansip said they were "only one step away from little green men.”

"When talking about the Soldiers of Odin, I'm against any such paramilitary group on principle. They're only one small step away from little green men," Ansip said, referring to the Russian paramilitary units that occupied the Crimean peninsula.

If an Estonian wanted to protect the legal order of Estonia, they should join the police, Ansip said in a meeting with journalists in Tallinn on Friday. "In my opinion that’s the right solution, though as I see it their fears are unfounded," he added.

"Nobody will be brought to Estonia by force. By now we should have understood that Estonia is not an attractive country for refugees and they don't really want to come here," Ansip said.

"I can understand the fears up to a point, but since we have received no refugees yet and someone is already preparing for their mass arrival, these fears are clearly disproportionate," he added.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn



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