Moscow condemns statement of Estonian Defense Minister

Moscow:  Russia has strongly rejected the statement of the Estonian Defense Minister who in his address to the country’s veterans of the Waffen SS claimed that Soviet and Nazi troops were equal during WWII.

Estonian Minister Urmas Reinsalu was  addressing weekend meeting of the Estonian Freedom Fighters Union – the organization that unites the veterans of the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division, also known as the First Estonian.

In his speech the official stated that Estonia “had repeatedly condemned the repressive policies of the Soviet Union and National Socialist Germany, as well as the actions of people who committed crimes against humanity.