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US also demands much

Regarding the editorial "Provoking Moscow," June 25: The writer infers that all immigrants must either apply for Estonian citizenship or leave the country. That is not the case. The law allows aliens who settled in Estonia prior to July 1, 1990, to apply for a permanent residency without applying for Estonian citizenship.

The wait in Estonia is only two years before an application for citizenship may be submitted, while the United States requires an immigrant to wait five years. Both countries require sufficient knowledge of the language to conduct basic daily business. Mati Koiva, Severna Park, Md.

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