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Russia Puts Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Wanted List, Sparks Tension

Russia Puts Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Wanted List, Sparks Tension

The Russian government has escalated tensions with Estonia by placing Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on a wanted list, along with other officials from the Baltic states. This move comes amidst warnings from Tallinn about a potential Russian military buildup along its border.

The decision was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, who accused Kallas and others of “destroying monuments to Soviet soldiers.” However, the exact charges against them have not been disclosed.

Kallas, a vocal supporter of Ukraine, has been critical of Russia’s actions and has advocated for increased military assistance to Kyiv. She condemned Russia’s move, stating that it won’t deter her from supporting Ukraine and strengthening Europe’s defense.

The Estonian government’s decision to remove Soviet-era monuments has been met with criticism from Moscow. These tensions have escalated following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Estonia anticipating a potential conflict with NATO in the future.

Despite the diplomatic row, Estonia remains committed to bolstering its defense capabilities and supporting Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression. The country’s defense budget is set to increase, reflecting its dedication to NATO’s collective security.

As tensions persist, Estonia’s foreign intelligence service has warned of a potential military confrontation with Russia within the next decade. However, the country remains resolute in its support for Ukraine and its determination to defend its sovereignty.

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