US congressman rises to defend Estonia’s sovereignty

WASHINGTON, May 03 BNS – Thaddeus G. McCotter, member of the US House of Representatives, Thursday appealed to his colleagues to protect the sovereignty of Estonia from Russian attacks.

“I rise to defend the sovereignty and national dignity of our friend and ally Estonia, condemn Russia’s unwarranted intrusions against these free people, and affirm our commitment to America and Estonia’s common cause of human freedom,” McCotter said.

He said that after a long, illegal and unjust Soviet occupation Estonia now rightly and proudly stands by our side in the ranks of free nations. The congressman said that Estonia is steadfast in its defense of civilization from our barbaric enemies, and has championed the cause of human freedom throughout the world.

“Disturbingly, last week this free people’s very national sovereignty was threatened. Estonia relocated an aging statue of a Soviet-era soldier from a central location in Tallinn to the city’s Garrison Cemetery. Obstinately refusing to recognize Estonia’s patent right to do so, Russia used this routine act to engage in a coordinated attempt to interfere in Estonia’s internal affairs,” the congressman said.

McCotter said that the former Soviet Union used state-controlled TV broadcasts into Estonia to spew propaganda into Estonia. This provocative Russian propaganda falsely claimed Estonia’s relocation of the insulting Soviet statue constituted an international crisis. Russia did so agitate and thereby incited the street vandalism and violence in Tallinn.

The Congressman pointed out that prior to these outbreaks of violence Russian embassy officials were observed meeting with the organizers of radical pro-Russian fringe groups and while Russian-speaking mobs roam Tallinn’s streets, Estonia’s government web servers came under cyber attack, the cause of which was later traced to IP addresses located in Moscow and owned by the Russian presidential adminstration.

“So too, there is a new report that Russia has conveniently discovered a need to repair its rail links entering Estonia and, as a result, is suspending oil shipments to Estonia. Further, Russia continues to flaunt the Vienna Convention by allowing Russian national extremists to surround and vandalize Estonia’s embassy in Moscow,” McCotter said in his Thursday speech in the House of Representatives.

McCotter added that one was compelled to question a former-KGB lieutenant colonel’s commitment to democracy, and whether the red bear was awakening from its hibernation to once more feast upon the free people of eastern Europe and the world.

He said Russia’s recent refusal to adhere to the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, its recent arrest of Russian democracy advocates and its refusal to honor past agreements to withdraw is military forces from countries such as Moldova was proof of this.

McCotter urged his colleagus to join in a righteous defense of Estonia’s sovereignty, a condemnation of Russia’s belligerent intrusions into this democratic nation’s internal affairs, and affirm, in the tradition of American Presidents form Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan that we will stand united against tyranny with our Estonian brothers and sisters as one free poeple.

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