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Published:January 17th, 2011 14:20 EST
Estonia's Euro Coin Disturbs Russia

Estonia's Euro Coin Disturbs Russia

By Askin Ozcan (Mentor)

Before Estonia joined the EU, her 1 kroona coin disturbed the EU, as it had the same size and weight as 1 Euro coin. Now, after joining the EU, Estonia minted her 1 Euro coin which disturbs Russia.

According to the EU Commission, each EU country is free to print on their Euro coins whatever they like. Estonia printed on her 1 Euro coin the map of Estonia. However, this map shows a territory on the east,  which belonged to Estonia until 1944 but not afterwards.

After 1944, this territory belonged to Russia and the USSR, of which Estonia has also a part. Now, in 1991,  Estonia gained her independence from Russia and USSR but this disputed  piece of land now belongs to Russia.

Komsomolskaja Pravda claims this is a provocation. Ambassador of Estonia in Moscow, Mr. S. Tiik has replied to this claim in Ekho Moskvy radio, that "perhaps the artist who drew this map made a mistake of one millimeter here and there."  It is not known how this dispute between Russia and Estonia will end.