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After Estonian authorities' decision to pull down a Soviet-era monument, Russia will maintain "chilly and correct" relations with that country"
After Estonian authorities' decision to pull down a Soviet-era monument, Russia will maintain "chilly and correct" relations with that country," it is not going to be rude to it, but will take economic measures, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov Ivanov underlined as he talked with representatives of youth organizations on Wednesday. "Of course, it cannot but affect our relations with Estonia; high-level bilateral meetings are out of the question," Ivanov said, adding however that "this doesn't mean we should be rude, and act like them; we should be above it." "One does have to express his views; the most effective way is economic, nothing's better. We stepped up the development of Russia's Baltic ports; and improved the attitude towards the development of transport and tourism. There're no threats there; there will be no sanctions," he underlined, "but relations with Estonia will be chilly and correct in the foreseeable future." "What happened in Estonia is an insult to the compatriots' memory, not only Russians', who liberated Estonia from Nazism." Estonia, "contrary to political correctness in Europe, acted as one country, crossing out the words and the position which we saw in the European Union." "I'm happy that youths have shown an active position, modern youths are not indifferent, it's a selfless civil position. On the whole, I'm grateful to you for it," he went on to say. "But if one were to speak about specific forms /of protest/, I'd clearly state that I cannot approve of /your actions/ in this particular form," the first deputy prime minister noted. "There are the Vienna convention and international law. One can state one's opinion near the embassy, but not in such a way as to block other embassies' work." "But it doesn't mean that one cannot express his point of view near foreign embassies - they express their opinions near our embassies, and we should do likewise," Ivanov reiterated.
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