Estonia urges Russia to pay compensation for Soviet occupation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Justice Ministery has estimated the damage from the Soviet occupation at 1.2 billion euros
21:18, 3 February 2019

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Estonian Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu demands compensation from Russia for the Soviet occupation. The minister stated this in an article in the Eesti Paevaleht newspaper, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"Those who today make celebratory speeches about the importance of the Tartu Peace should not forget that legal continuity cannot be selective. The Soviet Union occupied Estonia, violating Tartu Peace itself," the minister said.

According to him, "Russia, as the successor of the Soviet Union, must recognize this, and, on the basis of international law, is obliged to compensate for the damage it has caused."

The head of the Ministry of Justice previously spoke on this topic. The ministry headed by him estimated the damage from the Soviet occupation at 1.2 billion euros.

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Earlier Estonian police detained two Estonians suspected of espionage for Russia, as Reuters reported.

“We are talking about the treason. We have grounds to suspect that the state secrets were deliberately passed on to Russian Intelligence Service GRU,” Inna Ombler, the Prosecutor, said in the statement.

It is supposed that the men have been passing foreign secret information to Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate.

“The detention of two Estonian citizens on the suspicion of treason is a deeply disturbing incident,” Prime Minister Juri Ratas said.

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