Gespräche zur NATO-Erweiterung: Estnischer Ex-Präsident bezeichnet russische Delegation als "Affen"

12 Jan. 2022 12:02 o’clock

Baltic politicians strictly reject Russia’s demand for a renunciation of NATO eastward expansion. In their polemics with the Russian delegation in Geneva, they are ready to drop all rules of propriety. A look into a small Russophobic Twitter reservation.

A comment by Wladislaw Sankin

What does such an eccentric person as the ex-President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves do when the big stage is withdrawn after her term of office ends? From 2006 to 2016 the journalistic interest focused not only on numerous diplomatic meetings of the “President with a fly”, but also on his dissolute private life.

But such a person likes to make a name for himself even after leaving high office. And with what works best in the Baltic States? With rhetorical blows against the big eastern neighbor. The former head of the Estonian editorial staff of the US propaganda station RLFE knows exactly how to produce scandals and scandals.

“Of course, Russia could attack Estonia, but shortly afterwards it would also lose Omsk and Tomsk, not to mention St. Petersburg,” he said in 2018. In April last year, he proposed that Russian citizens be denied entry to the EU . “It’s about the security of Europe. It’s enough”, wrote he on Twitter. Even then, there was talk of an imminent Russian “invasion” in Ukraine. Even now, when the security talks about NATO’s eastward expansion are on everyone’s lips after a Russian advance, the visiting professor at the University of Tartu cannot remain silent. And he joins a Twitter discussion. After all, Ilves has 116,000 followers.

Of course, the easiest way is to join the group – in a Twitter bubble of the Nordic Russophobes. A Finnish user named Aki Heikkinen wrote: “The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov wants to roll back NATO to … Germany.

This user is joined by another “ex” who apparently spends all day stabbing Russia (he has already sent over 82,000 tweets) – former Latvian MP Veiko Spolītis. Like Ilves, he is no stranger to anyone and is at the forefront with his anti-Russian initiatives such as the imposition of fines for wearing the Georgian ribbon. Otherwise he tweets every hour Maps of a Russia split up into many small states or fake news like “Russian troops shot demonstrators in Kazakhstan”. The former politician has only one word to comment on the Russian demands on NATO to end the eastward advance:


The former president and former chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, Ilves, noted this and found the comment not precise enough. He corrected his Latvian Twitter friend:

“Veiko, you always write ‘primates’, but Homo sapiens are primates too. I would go on with ‘monkeys’.”

Well, let’s be clear: Ilves, 68 years old, an Estonian politician who was born in Stockholm and grew up in the USA and former president of a member state of the European Union, calls Russian diplomats and possibly the Russians as a whole “monkeys”. But does that cause a scandal? Ilves received some opposition on his Twitter thread, in which a user reminded him that he has a Russian grandmother from Saint Petersburg. And on Telegram, a blogger devoted a little mocking article to the ex-president, which on the RT-Telegram channel was published. In addition to the Russian roots, he also drew attention to Ilves’ father’s SS past:

“However, his father’s shameful affiliation with the ‘apes’ did not prevent him from serving in the SS, something Toomas later proudly pointed out.”

But Ilves is not a racist, after all, he doesn’t call all Russians “monkeys”. For people like Alexei Navalny, he can only find words of appreciation, such as the RT-Commentator concludes: “In this worldview a good Russian is a (to the West) slave Russian – but as soon as a Russian says something, e.g. about the right of his children to learn Russian in their mother tongue, he immediately loses his human element Face and transform into an evil, dangerous monkey. ” He is reminiscent of the desperate struggle of the Russian minority in Estonia for the preservation of Russian-language education.

This time there were no other noteworthy reactions to his animistic comparison. After all, with his proposal to ban Russians from entering the country, Ilves caused a reaction from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Apparently, this kind of political communication in a NATO and EU country in Russia no longer surprises anyone.

“Unfortunately, such ‘communication’ is part of everyday life in the Baltic countries, especially in Estonia is this hate speech towards the Russians is normal and for Ilves apparently his only field of activity. As a former political emigrant with an anti-Soviet background and a propaganda worker, he draws his political capital exclusively from anti-Russian rhetoric. And now that the ex-president has become a ‘retired prima donna’, he will continue to raise the napalm level of his utterancesto get attention“commented the political expert and connoisseur of the region Alexander Nossowitsch Ilves’ behavior compared to RT.

What can Ilves come up with at the next provocation so as not to miss the desired effect?

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