«Political attacks, at the opportune moment, can be arranged against all doers. Today’s timing leaves us no doubt regarding that,» on the very day commented Reform Party secretary-general Martin Kukk.
On Tuesday, the European Commission vice president Mr Kallas sent his party comrades a letter, providing his explanations. «These same Eesti Pank working documents have, over the years, been shown me by various people, whom I cannot suspect of being friendly,» disclosed Mr Kallas.
Yesterday, Mr Kallas assured that, as assessed by him, the timing of the surfacing of the material cannot be coincidence. Even so, he was unwilling to say for sure if the issue might, in his opinion, have an effect on the forthcoming coalition talks. «Whether it affects [it] or not, will be seen during the talks.»
In the political grapevine, the most widespread version yesterday was that it’s the current coalition partner IRL responsible for the appearance of old documents, in the person Eerik-Niiles Kross. This is related to unwillingness by Mr Kallas to confirm IRL that the current coalition will continue – by now developed into a strong likelihood of an emerging Reform/soc dems deal.
Mr, vice chairman of IRL, in his talk to Postimees rebuffed the claim that the Eesti Päevaleht stories based on activities of Mr Kallas, 20 years ago, are based on documents gotten from him.
«This is an absurd claim,» he said. «The same king as me having seajacked the [cargo vessel] Arctic Sea as well. I do not know where these materials came from, not from my archive for sure.»
Mr Kross added he did not understand why he would have to stick some old documents on Mr Kallas into the media. «What would I gain from that?»
He rebuffed the assumption that the incident might be linked to the upcoming coalition talks: «As much as I have heard, they aren’t planning to hold any essential talks with IRL anyway.»
Centre Party vice chairman Kadri Simson does not believe that the materials surfacing, on Mr Kallas, might lower his chances to become the head of next government.
«A 20 years old loan guarantee might become fatal to a prime minister, towards whom «no confidence» is planned,» noted Ms Simson. «For a prime minister candidate, with two competing parties wanting to get into the government to be created by him, this will hardly pose an obstacle.»
Ms Simson added that the creation of the new coalition is quite far advanced already. «While the media is unrolling this story, I hear that talks are underway regarding the persons of the new ministers,» said she.