Monday, May 21, 2007

A European Problem

The Washington Post has a strong editorial on the assault that the EU state of Estonia has endured from Russia during the past three weeks. Excerpt:
Mr. Putin was clearly hoping that instead of defending their allies, Germany and France would blame them for causing trouble with Russia. Instead, at an E.U.-Russian summit in the Russian city of Samara yesterday, Western leaders stood up to the Russian bully. At a news conference with Mr. Putin, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso forthrightly declared that “we had occasion to say to our Russian partners that a difficulty for a member state is a difficulty for the whole European community. . . . The Polish problem is a European problem. The Lithuanian and Estonia problems are also European problems.”
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