Estonia angers Russia in bid to remove WWII Soviet T-34 tank statue

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By Joshua Manning • 04 August 2022 • 13:26

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Estonia is set to remove a WWII Soviet T-34 tank statue in Narva, a move that has reportedly enraged Russia, as reported on Thursday, August 4.

Estonia’s Foreign Minister spoke on the decision to remove the WWII Soviet T-34 tank on Russia’s border in the city of Narva:

“It is realistic to solve the issue within this month,” commented Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu on the intention to demolish the monument to the Soviet fighters against Nazi invaders, as reported by ERR.

Many people have reportedly objected to the plans to demolish the monument, as they believe it is an act of “uncultivation”.

The Estonian diplomat has called the defenders of historical memory and dignity “provocateurs” and the monument “a symbol of aggression, a symbol of an aggressive state.”

Foreign Minister Lauri Läänemets stated: “The last few days have shown that the monument has become a public order issue. As soon as possible doesn’t mean tomorrow, or the day after, or overnight, secretly. We want to do it right, and we have to think about what happens afterwards.”

He added: “We have to remember that Narva must remain Estonian and be in good hands. Narvians should participate in working out a solution.”

“For Estonia, the monument is not a symbol of freedom. Soviet monuments symbolise a period when Estonia lost its freedom. Given the moments that happened in Ukraine in February, it all reminds Estonian society of that.”

The news of Estonia planning to remove the WWII Soviet T-34 Tank follows reports of Estonia proposing Schengen visas for Russians to the EU after Russia lifted Covid border crossing restrictions on July 15, leading to an increase of Russians crossing Estonia’s border.

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ObligatoryOption on August 5th, 2022 at 00:24 UTC »

Don't anger Russia, they might start shooting themselves in both feet.

OFHG on August 5th, 2022 at 00:10 UTC »

Russia wants that tank back so they can roll it out.

Starlifter4 on August 4th, 2022 at 23:41 UTC »

Their country. They get to decide what monuments are there.