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02.05.2007

EU Presidency Statement on the situation in front of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow

The Presidency of the European Union is gravely concerned about current developments in relations between Estonia, a Member State of the European Union, and the Russian Federation. At the present time the situation of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow gives cause for concern. The Presidency of the European Union strongly urges the Russian Federation to comply with its international obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and protect the staff and premises of the Estonian mission and ensure unimpeded access to it.

In talks with all parties the Presidency is endeavouring to help de-escalate the situation.

Given the emotionally charged atmosphere surrounding the Soviet war graves in Estonia, it would be advisable to have a dispassionate dialogue on the matter. The Presidency of the European Union strongly urges that the problems that have arisen should be addressed in a spirit of understanding and mutual respect.



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Date: 03.05.2007