The crises in Crimea and Ukraine stem from the legacy of Soviet trauma, former President Tarja Halonen viewed in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Friday. This trauma, she underlined, must be borne in mind when assessing the concerns the actions of Russia have raised in the Baltic countries. “It's understandable that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are anxious, despite having done their utmost to feel safe,” said Halonen. “They have joined the European Union, and they have joined the Nato.”
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Halonen understands Baltic concerns
According to Halonen, it is difficult to built trust in Russia for a number of reasons – not least because the country has recently demonstrated its preparedness to resort to military force in the ex-Soviet region.