Kaja Kallas: Russia seeks and captures the Prime Minister of Estonia and the Lithuanian Minister of Culture for the “destruction of monuments to Soviet soldiers” | EUROtoday
Russia at the moment declared Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas a “wanted” individual in an undisclosed felony case. The Interior Ministry's wished database confirmed Kallas, who has led Estonia's authorities since 2021, as “wanted under the Criminal Code,” with out specifying the costs. The Secretary of State of Estonia, Taimar Peterkop, was additionally declared wished and captured, based on Efe.
Kallas has been one of the forceful voices in his rejection of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Estonia is the nation that provides a higher proportion of its price range within the type of help to kyiv.
Sources cited by the Russian information company TASS have indicated that “A case has been opened against Kallas and Peterkop for the destruction and damage to monuments to Soviet soldiers” in Estonia. The Estonian authorities started the dismantling of varied Soviet monuments within the nation following the invasion of Ukraine.
Asked concerning the arrest warrant towards Kallas, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharovastated that we should “respond to the crimes against the memory of the liberators of the world of Nazism and Fascism”.
As the press secretary of the Russian president clarified, Dmitry Peskovthe choice of the Ministry of the Interior was a response to what Russia considers assaults towards historic reminiscence within the Baltic nations, “actions hostile to both historical memory and our country.”
Since the beginning of the large-scale invasion in 2022, Prime Minister Estonia has been strongly in favor of serving to the Ukrainians and towards a negotiation with Moscow. For Kallas the essential concern in struggle is the ample amount of ammunition.
According to the Estonian chief, one of many traps of this struggle is that “peace can be negotiated.” “If we accept the land grab, Russia's needs will be met. “It isn’t true that immediately all the pieces is peaceable.” Kallas stated this in an interview with the Austrian newspaper The standard.
“We in Estonia, after the top of the Second World War, it’s true that we didn’t have struggle, however we didn’t have peace both as a result of there have been deportations and a variety of repression,” the Prime Minister of Estonia explained to this newspaper in an interview in 2023. “Russia desires us to consider that Ukraine can not winin order that we cease supporting it,” Kallas has repeated in recent months in the face of the logjam of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.
On the other hand, Russia also declared a search and capture in its territory for minister of Culture of Lithuaniaaccording to the Ministry of the Interior database.
The reason for the order is the destruction or damage caused to monuments dedicated to Soviet soldiers in the Baltic country, sources from the Russian security forces informed the TASS agency today.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently assured that he has no plans to invade the Baltic republics or Poland, which are members of NATO. A public position similar to the one he maintained regarding Ukraine until shortly before attacking it.