Russia places Estonia’s Prime Minister on a wanted list, and Talinn warns of a Russian strike

As Talinn warns of a Russian strike, Russia adds the Estonian Prime Minister to its wanted list

Russia has added Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and other Baltic state leaders to its wanted list, as Tallinn warns of an impending Russian invasion due to military buildups along its borders, according to The Guardian.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova, the Estonian state secretary, Taimar Peterkop, the Lithuanian culture minister, Simonas Kairys, and Kallas were accused of “destroying monuments to Soviet soldiers,” referring to the removal of Soviet-era Second World War memorials.

Kallas responded on X, previously Twitter, saying, “The Kremlin now hopes that this move will help to silence me and others, but it won’t.”

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as members of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have suffered a significant deterioration in their relations with Moscow since the crisis in Ukraine began more than two years ago.

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The bulk of Soviet-era monuments in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, including those honoring Soviet soldiers killed in World War II, were demolished after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Declaring the Baltic officials “wanted” is unlikely to have any serious consequences; the most that can happen is that they are imprisoned, but only if they breach the Russian border.

Tensions remain high, and Estonia’s foreign intelligence service said on Tuesday that Russia planned to quadruple the number of troops stationed along its border with the Baltic nations and Finland in preparation for a possible military battle with NATO within the next decade.

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