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>> Many people in the west see the Baltics as the possible next geopolitical flashpoint with Russia, after Ukraine and the Crimea. I'm Alistair Scrutton, bureau chief for the Nordics and the Baltics. I'm currently in Narva, an Estonian border town with Russia. Just across the river here is Russia itself.
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Now, Narva is made up of majority Russian speakers. The fear among many Western listeners and among NATO members is that Russian speakers here don't have the same loyalty towards Estonia as the Estonians themselves. And the idea is that you have a small section of Russia here which could be open to manipulation by Russian media outlets.
00:00:43
For example, it could lead to kind of riots, some kinds of scenario where you see as an excuse for Russia to interfere in Estonians' affairs. But the reality on the ground here may be rather different. Around about a thousand people in this town leave Narva every year to go West.
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They're voting with their feet, to take part in a European economy, for a wealthy economies rather than going across to the East. People here can actually walk across the border, where they go shopping. You can buy cheap cigarettes and alcohol, but doing that, they also can see the realities of Russia.
00:01:15
Many of the Russian speakers here that we've talked to tell us that they can see very well that the health system is better here, there's less corruption. And they have no desire for Russia to come over here. So, in many ways, the situation may be a lot more complicated and nuanced than sometimes people in the west fear it can be.