Estonia and Latvia Cancel Russia

by Olha Povalaieva
Monday, January 23, 2023
Estonia and Latvia Cancel Russia

States reduce diplomatic relations with the aggressor country to the level of chargé d'affaires

Probably in response to Estonia's incredible help to Ukraine, Russia recalled its ambassador from Tallinn and replaced it with a charge d'affaires. Estonia supported this move and also recalled its ambassador.

"Estonia takes note of today’s decision by Russia to reduce diplomatic presence to the level of chargé d’affaires. We stand by the principle of parity in relations with Russia, which means that the Russian Amb. will leave at the same time as the Estonian Amb. to Russia," Kaimo Kuusk, ambassador of Estonia to Ukraine.

"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," Urmas Reinsalu, the MFA of Estonia.

"We will not tire before Ukraine wins the war," Urmas Reinsalu.

Latvia, Estonia's partner in the European Union and the Tallinn Pledge, supported the pro-European initiative and demanded that the Russian ambassador leave Riga on February 24. It is very symbolic because February 24 is the day of the beginning of a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine.

"Due to the ongoing brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine and in solidarity with Estonia, Latvia will lower the level of diplomatic relations with Russia effective February 24, demanding Russia to act accordingly," Edgars Rinkevics, the MFA of Ukraine.

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