Though there is nothing particularly novel in Siim Kallas' description of Estonian-Russian relations, there is much that is noteworthy in its timing. By penning this 2,000-word letter – written ostensibly to party members but obviously intended for a national audience – Kallas wanted to send a Siberian chill down the spine of his compatriots. If we fail to join the European Union, he wrote, we will be fated to isolation from the West. Worse, we will be condemned to an existence similar to that of Finland's during the Cold War. This is the so-called Russian card: if the Sept. 14 referendum t...
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