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Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia
reuters.com ^ | Mar 19, 2014 | Robert Evans

Posted on 03/19/2014 12:33:04 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia's treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.

Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: china; energy; estonia; europeanunion; greaterrussia; marchmadness; next; oilshale; pipelines; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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1 posted on 03/19/2014 12:33:04 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Russia is flexing its muscles.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Familiar Russian agitprop. Create a problem then take over the nation to prevent the horrible things allegedly being done to Russian speaking peoples.
Russia never seems to change the playbook. At the end of all of this will be an occupation of Poland.


3 posted on 03/19/2014 12:34:45 PM PDT by EricGurr
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Who cares, as long as down-low Barry has finished his brackets.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 12:35:06 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

> ...Russian speaking population...

Well heck, I suppose a Spanish invasion of Virginia or Colorado is to be expected any day now.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 12:36:18 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“I have no more territorial demands.”


6 posted on 03/19/2014 12:38:11 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Welcome to the Putin Doctrine. He looks at Europe and the United States and sees LGBTQIA, which he perceives (correctly) as weakness, and proceeds accordingly. Power loves a vacuum.

7 posted on 03/19/2014 12:39:07 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: mbarker12474
"Well heck, I suppose a Spanish invasion of Virginia or Colorado is to be expected any day now."

Too late. Spain's former subjects have already invaded.

8 posted on 03/19/2014 12:39:40 PM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: stormer

You forgot the /s.


10 posted on 03/19/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

And so it begins......


11 posted on 03/19/2014 12:41:54 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

One more is soon to fall.


12 posted on 03/19/2014 12:42:19 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Wait until I’m reelected”
Barack Hussein Obama


13 posted on 03/19/2014 12:49:39 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: mbarker12474

I’d rather be forced to eat gazpacho than borscht.


14 posted on 03/19/2014 12:51:51 PM PDT by moovova
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To: mbarker12474
Well heck, I suppose a Spanish invasion of Virginia or Colorado is to be expected any day now.


15 posted on 03/19/2014 12:53:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: stormer

I would agree with you if we had a real America-loving president in office with some huevos ... however ...


16 posted on 03/19/2014 12:53:45 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
What Eastern Europe needs is the second amendment. Russia would not invade if every head of household was armed.
17 posted on 03/19/2014 12:55:37 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: dfwgator

“There’s trouble at the mill, that’s all.”


18 posted on 03/19/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Colonel_Flagg
“I have no more territorial demands.”

I believe we have heard that song and dance routine before.

19 posted on 03/19/2014 1:00:57 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Estonia may get to see what its NATO membership is worth in the era of Barack Hussein.


20 posted on 03/19/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I agree. The best thing that could happen is if all of the people in this area could kill Putin’s thugs either with a firearm or a knife, but any weapon would be fine. Eliminate Putin’s threats to them and evolve to a free, just, and independent country not dominated by a narcissistic dictator.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 1:08:19 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: goldstategop

Wow, man, like you must be delighted.


22 posted on 03/19/2014 1:10:29 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Mark17

But did you ever hear or see any American conservatives dancing to that tune?


23 posted on 03/19/2014 1:12:51 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: dfwgator

When my state California going get invaded by Mexico I am sorry it already happen LOL!


24 posted on 03/19/2014 1:19:15 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Mark17

bttt


25 posted on 03/19/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Stalin’s gift vs. Kruschev’s gift.


26 posted on 03/19/2014 2:10:07 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It’s OK....
Since all of this makes Obama look weak and spineless, the US Media, ESPECIALLY CNN,NBC, and MSNBC, have thrown this down the memory hole.

It’s like it isn’t happening, AT ALL. CNN, run by the guy that wrote Obama’s Styrofoam columns speech now, is running all MH370 Conspiracy theories, and oh yeah, something is happening in Crimea, so we’ll give it 60 seconds, three times today.

(OH, BY THE WAY...
If you think what is going on in Eastern Europe right now is important, you muss be a rassiss!! Or a homophobe, or sumpin’....)


27 posted on 03/19/2014 2:17:19 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: EricGurr

Poland will not be occupied.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 2:31:17 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene

Neither will Austria....or France...or Czechoslovakia...or Hungary....


29 posted on 03/19/2014 2:34:13 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

okay ???


30 posted on 03/19/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Here we go again! Hitler II.


31 posted on 03/19/2014 2:52:16 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Did Putin just finish reading “Mein Kampf”?


32 posted on 03/19/2014 2:53:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: elhombrelibre

The best thing that could happen is if all of the people in this area could kill Putin’s thugs either with a firearm or a knife, but any weapon would be fine. Eliminate Putin’s threats to them and evolve to a free, just, and independent country not dominated by a narcissistic dictator.


Putin will move into a place like Narva. The locals are ethnic Russian and won’t fight. His troops will take their insignia off and hide behind girls like they did in Crimea.

The problem I see is that it’s not clear if the Baltic governments will fight the Russians. You hear a lot of “we are a small country...” over there. Facing Russian aggressioin there is a strong probability Estonia would just invoke Article V and wait for help.

The Baltic peoples who took up arms against the Soviets the first time around were country folks. City folks for the most part were not armed partisans. Nowadays there just is not a large and able rural population in the Baltics. Also, some of the leaders of the Baltics are former commies with questionable ethics. That leads me to seriously doubt they will fight the Russian bear if it reappears.


33 posted on 03/19/2014 2:59:05 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: lodi90

I’m sure you’re right. I see it even among these so-called conservatives here. They’re fine with Putin as long as he feigns some claptrap about being Christian or an anti gay type of shibboleth. It’s enough to make you wonder if they’re just stupid, craven, or too partisan to see that there can be more than one enemy of freedom.


34 posted on 03/19/2014 3:02:19 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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I have to admit I ADMIRE Putin. Say what you want but he is leading Russia to the benefit of Russia - imagine if we had a leader like that.


35 posted on 03/19/2014 3:03:56 PM PDT by RC51
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ukraine should have never agreed to give up the nukes it had. The major powers will not invade you if you have nukes. Just look at Pakistan and Iran. Both countries would have been given the Iraq treatment were it not for nukes (or the probability of nukes in the case of Iran). There is a danger in the frequent use of force, Other countries not being invaded conclude that the only way to avoid that fate is to develop nukes. This in no way makes me a pacifist. It makes me a realist. If we use force, we had better make sure it is absolutely necessary and vital to our national interests. If we use force, it should be overwhelming and result in decisive results. This garbage notion of playing world’s policeman and never defeating our enemies just encourages contempt in the hearts of our enemies and makes us vulnerable to counter-attack.


36 posted on 03/19/2014 3:06:08 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: RC51

I have to admit I ADMIRE Putin. Say what you want but he is leading Russia to the benefit of Russia - imagine if we had a leader like that.


There is nothing admirable about sending a fifth column pansy army to attack your neighbor. That’s tin pot african dictator stuff.


37 posted on 03/19/2014 3:10:01 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: lodi90

The one thing Russia may not have counted on is the Poles. I cannot imagine Poles standing idly by while they see their brethren in the Baltics being threatened. While for the most part they are taking a wait and see attitude toward Crimea, if it starts hitting close to home, it may be difficult for NATO to hold them back.


38 posted on 03/19/2014 3:10:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: elhombrelibre

I think it was those homoerotic shirtless photos of Putin on a horse that sent our resident Rusophiles over the edge.


39 posted on 03/19/2014 3:12:13 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: goldstategop
Russia is flexing its muscles.

More than flexing. They are outright humiliating America on the world stage. Putin gestured toward Estonia during the US Vice President's visit to neighboring Lithuania. Putin could not possibly be more disrespectful.

40 posted on 03/19/2014 3:14:54 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: dfwgator

The one thing Russia may not have counted on is the Poles. I cannot imagine Poles standing idly by while they see their brethren in the Baltics being threatened.


What’s Poland supposed to do if Estonia won’t fight?

Narva would be a huge mess. A dumphole town on the Russian border full of malcontent ethnic Russians. Anybody with ambition got out of that place long ago. Most of those left would be happy to see the Russian bear back.

The other issue is blackmail. A lot of the Baltic leaders were ambitious during Soviet times. Putin no doubt has files on them all. It’s not safe to assume they are solid patriots.


41 posted on 03/19/2014 3:23:58 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Why not? Go get Georgia and other regions as well. Barry won’t do a thing.


42 posted on 03/19/2014 3:27:35 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Estonia = NATO member. The US and Europe are treaty-bound to defend it. If they do not, then no law should be considered in force.


43 posted on 03/19/2014 3:34:30 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: catnipman

And who do we have in the White House? Neville Obama. All he needs is the umbrella and the bowler hat.

}:-)4


44 posted on 03/19/2014 3:51:29 PM PDT by Moose4 (Sufficiently feisty.)
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To: Moose4

“All he needs is the umbrella and the bowler hat.”

Bicycle and bike helmet will do just fine for an updated, 21st century appeasement icon.


45 posted on 03/19/2014 3:57:38 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Wow.

I wonder if there are many Russian ancestors left in Alaska?


46 posted on 03/19/2014 3:58:17 PM PDT by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Bears hibernate... but eventually they wake up hungry.


47 posted on 03/19/2014 4:01:53 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Obama: US will not take military action in Ukraine.
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Obama-Military-Action-Russia-Ukraine-Crimea-Tensions-Troops-251067481.html#ixzz2wRwFEJW6


48 posted on 03/19/2014 4:05:23 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: denydenydeny
Estonia = NATO member. The US and Europe are treaty-bound to defend it. If they do not, then no law should be considered in force.

No, I'm sure they'll still have it in them to send out SWAT teams and death squads to enforce Obamacare.

49 posted on 03/19/2014 4:06:16 PM PDT by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: lodi90

Ethnic Russians in the Baltics replaced millions of native Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians deported or killed by Stalin. The percentage of Russians is by far the lowest in Lithuania.

I think this is for two reasons. First, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact included Lithuania in the Nazi zone, but she was occupied by the Soviets. Second, the Lithuanian partisans (Forest Brothers) killed many Soviet emigres as they arrived to displace the natives. This was a disincentive to future migration.


50 posted on 03/19/2014 4:11:47 PM PDT by IndispensableDestiny
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