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IRL leader: Vote against US a mistake

Helir-Valdor Seeder.
Helir-Valdor Seeder. Source: (Siim Lõvi /ERR)

Estonia should not have voted against the United States in the United Nations' vote concerning Jerusalem, chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Helir-Valdor Seeder said.

"We may not like some U.S. politician, or individual statements made, but the United States has constantly been Estonia's firmest and most important ally for more than half a century. The U.S. never approved Estonia's occupation by the Soviet Union and supported our aspirations toward freedom. The Cold War led and won by former U.S. president Ronald Reagan created a premise for Estonia to regain independence," Seeder said.

"We are strengthening cooperation with NATO and the U.S., being the leading country of NATO, is the firmest ensurer of Estonia's independence. In a situation where the United States had clearly expressed its wish to possible allies concerning the vote on the UN resolution, Estonia's behavior was incomprehensible," he said.

Seeder said that it was known before the vote that European countries will not vote similarly. "Thus, Estonia had the opportunity of not voting against the U.S. I asked Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu to discuss the issue at the Cabinet meeting and to make a proposal to remain impartial at the vote or to not participate. Now, Estonian politicians and diplomats will have to work to maintain relations with our most important ally when ensuring security," Seeder said.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS

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