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Estonian presidential nominees feel need for stronger link with Russian community

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Mart Helme

Days before the decisive vote on the next Estonian President, most candidates have stressed the need for increased communication with the country’s Russian-speaking population to establish a stronger link.

ERR reports that at debates on Vikerraadio on September 22, Mart Helme, a candidate from the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia emphasised that Russians are a people who do not want to join the Estonian cultural space as their own is many times more powerful. «The president can meet with them, speak with, listen to them and explain things to them. But one must communicate in such a way that you show some backbone, not that you try to bend to their will and their views,» Helme evaluated

Nominee from Centre Party Mailis Reps argued: «These schools’ student bodies and teachers are very motivated to learn Estonian and other foreign languages. They are interested in being Estonian citizens».

Former Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand answered a the question a Russian-speaking schoolteacher being of the opinion that Crimea belongs to Russia: «I have also visited schools in Ida-Viru County and had to explain why the occupation of Crimea isn’t right. It’s not about, who Crimea belongs to but rather how Crimea was occupied. I believe that if this is all calmly explained, then it is understood as well.»

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  1. Linda says:

    The candidates should engage with all of Estonia’s citizens not just an ill-conceived notion that one dual nationality citizen is more worthy than another!
    Be careful candidates what you promise to this minority because their ‘uncle’ over the border will insist upon it.

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