Landsbergis wants to support Estonians

  • 2004-05-06
  • By The Baltic Times
VILNIUS – Conservative MP Vytautas Landsbergis has suggested that Parliament support Estonia in its attempt to receive compensation and an apology for the damages caused by Soviet-era occupation.

"The Estonian step towards normalizing relations with Russia, proposing to compensate for the occupation damages, is, first of all, a protection of human rights. It is an attitude towards aggression, the wrongs inflicted by the foreign state's violence, which must be redressed at least partially," Landsbergis' statement circulated on May 19 read.
Landsbergis noted that Parliament has also asked the government to negotiate with Moscow over compensation for damages from 50 years of occupation.
Russia has assessed all such attempts as "unfriendly steps," and the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on May 18 that Estonia's efforts to get compensation were doomed.