ESTONIA REASSURES RUSSIA ON NUCLEAR ARMS.
Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 134
Estonian prime minister Tiit Vahi told a news conference yesterday that Estonia does not intend to host nuclear weapons on its territory if admitted to NATO, and that Estonian diplomacy must make that clear to Russia. Vahi described this issue as Moscow’s main objection to Estonia’s quest for NATO membership. He urged Russia to realize that the Baltic states’ admission to NATO would enhance regional stability and not threaten Russia. (15)
Some Russian officials intimated publicly last month that Moscow might perhaps live with the Baltic states’ eventual accession to NATO, if the introduction of nuclear weapons on their territories is ruled out. But Moscow is far from speaking with a single voice on this issue.
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