The Russian ambassador to Estonia, Vladimir Lipaev, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 10 because of Vladimir Putin’s words about the “return” of Narva.
According to BB.LV, The President of Russia mentioned Narva when, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, he drew an analogy between the actions of Peter the Great and the challenges facing modern Russia.
He drew the attention of the forum participants – young scientists and entrepreneurs – to the fact that the Russian tsar “did not take away” territories from other states, but “returned” them to Russia. As quoted by kremlin.ru, Putin said:
“Here, Peter the Great waged the Northern War for 21 years. It would seem that he fought with Sweden, rejected something … He did not reject anything, he returned! one of the countries of Europe did not recognize this territory as Russia, everyone recognized it as Sweden. And there from time immemorial, along with the Finno-Ugric peoples, the Slavs lived, and this territory was under the control of the Russian state. The same is true in the western direction, this concerns Narva, his first campaigns. He returned and strengthened – that’s what he did.”
At the end of his speech, Putin summed up: “To all appearances, it fell to our lot to return and strengthen.”
Rein Tammsaar, Vice Chancellor of the Estonian Foreign Ministry, told the Russian ambassador that what Putin said was “regrettable.” The department’s official statement says:
“In a situation where Russia is pursuing its revanchist policy under the guise of the ideology of the “Russian world”, through the destruction of Ukrainian statehood and the nation, this is also completely unacceptable. Instead of striving for respect for international law and proceeding from the principles of state sovereignty and territorial integrity, Russia tried to use propaganda in addition to the army to further its imperialist ambitions, including by falsifying history.”
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called “dangerous and irresponsible” the threats of “denazification” and “demilitarization” that Russia makes against other states, as well as the draft law submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation on June 8 on the “cancellation” of Lithuania’s independence.