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Kross, Eerik-Niiles

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Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | 04/05/2014

A turning point in the crisis

The question of war or peace in Ukraine has not yet been resolved but the events in Odessa definitely represent a turning point in the crisis, the security expert Eerik-Niiles Kross explains in the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht: "In a few days it will become clear what turn the conflict will take with the tragedy in Odessa. In retaliation for the success of the Ukrainian army, Russia can use the events in Odessa as an excuse to launch an attack in eastern Ukraine that would lead to a sharp escalation. ... The way the Kremlin interprets the events in Odessa will decide Ukraine's future. If Russia doesn't mount a counter-attack and the Ukrainian troops manage to calm the city centres, Ukraine could claim to have achieved a first victory in the war. The tragedy in Odessa can be described as a provocation of Russia which went very wrong and which will hopefully be a lesson to all involved parties."

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | 14/12/2006

Burning Estonian flags

Estonia wants to ban all symbols from the times of the country's occupation, including Nazi emblems and Soviet symbols like the hammer and sickle. The Kremlin-oriented youth organisation "Young Russia" has reacted to the plans by burning Estonian flags. Eerik-Niiles Kross says the situation reminds him of the Muslim world's reaction to the Muhammad cartoons. "Apparently, the hammer and sickle are as sacred in Russia as Muhammad is in Morocco. ... But the problem is not the burning of flags – Estonia is now just one more country whose national symbols are deemed worthy of burning. The problem is that the perpetrators are using piety as a pretext."

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