Russia has issued a search warrant against Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallasone of the strongest voices within the European Union (EU) and NATO in favor of supplying arms to Ukraine and tightening sanctions against Moscow.
According to a news published on Tuesday on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, in a new gesture that reflects tensions with the Baltic countries after the Kremlin’s attack on Ukraine, Kallas – 46 years old and in office since 2021 – “is wanted under an article of the penal code.” She does not specify what crime or misdemeanor she is accused of.
However, a Russian security source – quoted by state news agency TASS – said that Estonian State Secretary Taimar Peterkop and Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys were also subject to a search warrant. They are accused of “destruction and degradation of monuments (in memory) of Soviet soldiers” from the Second World War.
Many of these monuments, a legacy of the USSR after the Second World War, have been dismantled in recent years in the Baltic countries, as a rejection of the Soviet period.
A Russian minority resides in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, three former Soviet republics that are currently members of the European Union and NATO and which have tense relations with Moscow.
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