The media has been concerned that the signing of the Russian-Latvian border treaty may increase pressure on Estonia both from the European Union and Russia. "Now, Estonia remains the only Baltic nation not to have a border treaty with Russia. Who is to blame for this? Is it only Moscow that keeps talking about Estonia having joined the Soviet Union voluntarily, and ignoring the Tartu peace treaty ? But the Latvians were even under stronger pressure from Moscow. Yet they have signed the treaty and feel quite comfortable... Riga has clearly realized, as Helsinki did at one time, that it is not possible to build relations with Russia exclusively through Brussels. It is hard to predict when Tallinn will understand this as well." (Postimees, March 28).
"The EU hopes that the Latvian-Russian breakthrough will show the way for Estonia," said spokeswoman for the European Commission Emma Udwin... A European official who preferred to remain anonymous said that the message for Tallinn is short - 'Do it.' Brussels does not care about the terms." (Eesti Päevaleht, March 28).
"Pressure on Estonia will be mounting, although it won't be direct...In the 1990s, Russia continuously criticized Latvia for alleged violations of minority rights and exoneration of Nazism whereas now it is silent on Latvia's score, and has even offered a reward - better terms of transit. Russian criticism is now spearheaded against Estonia... Russia not only wants to discredit Tallinn but also to set it at loggerheads with Riga." (Eesti Päevaleht, March 28).