Former Foreign Minister Warns of Ukrainian Domino Effect (1)

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1/2/2014 5:06 PM
Category: Politics

Trivimi Velliste, a political activist during the Soviet era and the nation's third foreign minister since re-independence, said that the future of Ukraine is important in a wider European context, but for the Baltic nations, it is an existential question.

“The keys to Estonia's independence may lie in Kyiv and Warsaw. The alarm bells in Warsaw are set off if Kyiv falls. If Warsaw falls, then it would be difficult to talk about freedom in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn,” Velliste said, uudised.err.ee reported.

Speaking about Estonian foreign politics, Velliste, who held the ministerial post between 1992 and 1994 after Lennart Meri and Jaan Manitski, said that the level craved for years has been achieved. Estonia's foreign policy is akin to Scandinavian states – boring, professional and competent, he said.

Velliste,who has also served as Estonia's top diplomat at the UN, said he is not worried that the border treaty with Russia remains unsigned, saying that Estonians have not worried about it for the last 20 years and there is no reason to begin now.

Citing poet Hando Runnel, who once said “all we have achieved, is only achieved for the moment,” Velliste said Estonians may ask how long this moment will last, adding that in military terms, Estonia is not as vulnerable as in 1939. In a recent interview with ERR, Runnel had argued the opposite, that the country was just as susceptible.


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