Estonian foreign ministry says Russian envoy must leave country on Feb. 7

24 January, 01:34 PM
Urmas Reinsalu (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Urmas Reinsalu (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

The Russian ambassador in Tallinn, Estonia, must leave the country on Feb. 7 after Russia’s decision on reducing diplomatic presence to the level of chargé d’affaires, Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu as saying on Jan. 23.

“Estonia is guided by the principle of parity in its relations with Russia, and we will stand by that,” Reinsalu said.

“This means that the Russian ambassador in Tallinn will leave on Feb. 7, at the same time as the Estonian ambassador to Russia.”

According to Reinsalu, “Russia’s steps will not deter us from providing continued support to Ukraine, which has been fighting for its sovereignty and the security of us all for nearly a year now.”

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We will continue to support Ukraine, as Russia is planning large-scale attacks, and we call on other like-minded countries to increase their assistance to Ukraine,” the minister said.

Earlier on Jan. 23, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it would reduce its diplomatic presence in Estonia to the level of chargé d’affaires. In this regard, the Estonian ambassador must leave the territory of Russia by Feb. 7, the Russian foreign ministry said.

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