House of Representatives passes resolution supporting Estonia
Archived Articles 07 Jun 2007  EWR
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The U.S. House of Representatives on June 5 unanimously passed a resolution supporting Estonia amid tension with Russia since the removal in
April of a monument commemorating a Red Army victory in World War II.

The resolution, which passed 412-0, expressed solidarity with Estonia and condemned violence in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and Moscow.

The carefully worded House resolution, which is not binding on U.S. foreign policy, avoided direct condemnation of Russia, but noted Russia's refusal of a request by the Estonian government for cooperation during the crisis.

Speaking on the House floor ahead of the vote, Democratic Rep. Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, was more blunt.

"Today, we in Congress join our friends in Europe in expressing our strong disapproval of the unjustified and unacceptable Russian attacks against Estonia," he said.

The U.S. Senate also passed a resolution last month condemning the violent reaction to the statue's removal.
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