Jaak Allik, a member of the council of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE), wants a change in Estonian policies towards Russia. In his opinion, this should consist of ratifying the border agreement, abandoning the requirement forassimilation of Russians living in Estonia, closer cooperation with Russia, and ending the current penal regime.
In the opinion piece published in Postimees (link in Estonian), Allik discusses how Estonia's foreign policy has been essentially unchanged since 1999 and is characterized by a "paranoid" fear of selling off national interests which would accompany any improvement in EU-Russia relations, and especially with U.S.-Russia direct contact.
Allik added: "For some time now, it has been clear to the more discerning person that the EU will fall behind the U.S., China and the emerging economies of Southeast Asia and South America in the terms of today's global geopolitical powers." Closer cooperation is needed between the EU and the Russian Federation, he said, otherwise the latter is likely to cooperate even more deeply with China and Iran.
According to Allik, Russia's current penal policy should be ended and Estonia in particular should take the initiative to overcome the deadlock in the relations between the EU and Russia which has been going on for six years, and to bring peace to the Ukrainian people.
Allik thinks no one in Russia believes that the thousands of NATO soldiers located in Estonia pose a threat of attack on their country, but it justifies their military demanding counter-actions and the accumulation of additional protection and weapons close to Estonia's borders.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein