Today 10 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Vladimir Lipaev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Estonia, to condemn recent statements by President Putin.
Undersecretary Rein Tammsaar who met with the ambassador expressed regret over the statement by President Putin, including his comments on the Estonian city of Narva. At a time when Russia is implementing its revanchist policy informed by the Russkyi Mir ideology by trying to destroy the statehood and people of Ukraine, it is also completely unacceptable.
Considering Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the bill submitted to the Russian State Duma this week proposing to annul the regulation that recognised the independence of Lithuania and threats of ‘denazification’ and ‘demilitarisation’ against other countries are dangerous and irresponsible. Instead of striving towards respect for international law and basing its actions on the principle of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, Russia has attempted to use propaganda in addition to the army to implement its imperialist ambitions, including by falsifying history. This approach is doomed to failure and can eventually threaten Russia itself.
Estonia is tirelessly reiterating that Russia has gravely violated international law by invading Ukraine and should immediately comply with the 16 March decision of the International Court. We once again call on Russia to immediately withdraw its forces from Ukraine, end hostilities and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.