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Four Baltic Presidents Sign Joint Condemnation of Russian Invasion of Georgia, Finland Nowhere to be Seen…….

They say that they who have the most to lose, have the clearer train of thinking. The presidents of the four Baltic states of Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Poland have signed a joint declaration condemning the Russian government for its barbaric invasion of the sovereign state of Georgia. KUDOS to them all, and Finland’s president, Tarja Halonen sits on her thumbs and whispers “tisk tisk” on the Russians.
We, the leaders of the former captive nations from Eastern Europe and current members of the European Union and NATO– Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – are extremely concerned about the actions of the Russian Federation against Georgia.

We strongly condemn the actions by the Russian military forces against the sovereign and independent country of Georgia.

Following the unilateral military actions of the Russian military forces, we will use all means available to us as Presidents to ensure that aggression against a small country in Europe will not be passed over in silence or with meaningless statements equating the victims with the victimizers. To this end we intend to urge our governments to take the following positions in discussions and to raise these concerns in the European Union and the North Atlantic Council:

– Can the current Russian authorities be called adequate strategic partners of the EU;

– Can the family of European democratic countries pursue a mutually beneficial dialogue with a country that uses heavy military armour against an independent country;

– It is pointless to continue a “visa facilitation” program with a country that does not meet even the minimal requirements set by the EU and which uses visa facilitation to issue Russian Federation passports to foreigners and then abuses this EU given privilege to claim intervention rights such as “we are protecting Russian citizens” in South Ossetia.

– The actions of the Russian Federation in Georgia should influence the talks with the Russian Federation, including negotiations on the new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

We underline the obvious bankruptcy of Russian “peacekeeping operations” in its immediate neighbourhood. The Russian Federation has overstepped a red-line in keeping the peace and stability in the conflict zone and in protecting Russian citizens outside its own borders.

The EU and NATO must take the initiative and stand-up against the spread of imperialist and revisionist policy in the East of Europe. New international peacekeeping forces should be created as the current setting proved to be ineffective.

We regret that not granting of the NATO’s Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Georgia was seen as a green light for agression in the region.

We believe that the EU and NATO as the key organizations for European and Transatlantic stability and security should play a leading and crucial role in securing freedom, security and prosperity of countries not only in the EU but also in the neighboring European area.

It a litmus-test for the credibility of the EU and NATO to solve the conflict in its immediate neighborhood and to prove for all EU and NATO members, aspirant countries and democratic partners that it is worth being members and partners of these organizations.

This Declaration is open for the accession by the leaders of other democratic countries.

President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves
President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers
President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus
President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński

And our Finnish leaders keep on drumming their fingers and whisper their condemnations, how frustratingly predictable. KGS
H/T: AS

4 Responses

  1. KGS
    You are eager to criticize finnish international policy but how You comment this:
    “Israel, which has long been a major supplier of weapons to Georgia, cut off shipments before the current crisis, hoping for reciprocity from Russia on sales to Iran.”
    http://snipurl.com/3gku2

  2. Comparing the actions of a state (Israel) that has the threat of a Shiite nuclear clowd dangling over its head, with that of a state (Finland) that presently faces NO exestenial threat…is a bit too much for me.

  3. To kgs
    I hope that You are right when You say that Finland has NO exestenial threat.

    If You mean that my comments are too much to You, I continue the discussion in other arenas.

    With best regards

  4. Read it in full Pekka, I said the presently, Finland faces no exestential threat, at least the kind that Israel faces currently.

    As for being too much, your comparison was way out of touch with reality, that was what I was referring to.

    You are of course always free to comment with your ideas. No need to hurry away.

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