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Russia: MFA expels Estonian ambassador over cuts to Russian Embassy staff in Tallinn00:38

Russia: MFA expels Estonian ambassador over cuts to Russian Embassy staff in Tallinn

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 23, 2023 at 11:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday that it had scaled back the level of diplomatic relations with Estonia and expelled the country’s ambassador, in response to a significant cut in numbers at its own embassy in Tallinn.

Earlier, Estonian Ambassador to Moscow Margus Laidre was summoned to the ministry over the action’s of his country’s authorities.

"The Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia should leave the Russian Federation on February 7, 2023," the ministry press service stated.

It stressed that it would continue to respond to the 'hostile steps of the Estonian leadership'.

On Friday the Russian Embassy in Tallinn reported that Estonia was 'obstructing in every way consular services for Russian citizens residing in the country'.

It came just over a week after the Estonian Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador Vladimir Lipaev, calling on him to reduce the number of Russian staff in Tallinn in order to achieve 'parity'.

Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet that it stood by its 'principle of parity in relations to Russia'.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday that it had scaled back the level of diplomatic relations with Estonia and expelled the country’s ambassador, in response to a significant cut in numbers at its own embassy in Tallinn.

Earlier, Estonian Ambassador to Moscow Margus Laidre was summoned to the ministry over the action’s of his country’s authorities.

"The Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia should leave the Russian Federation on February 7, 2023," the ministry press service stated.

It stressed that it would continue to respond to the 'hostile steps of the Estonian leadership'.

On Friday the Russian Embassy in Tallinn reported that Estonia was 'obstructing in every way consular services for Russian citizens residing in the country'.

It came just over a week after the Estonian Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador Vladimir Lipaev, calling on him to reduce the number of Russian staff in Tallinn in order to achieve 'parity'.

Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet that it stood by its 'principle of parity in relations to Russia'.