Last Updated: January 23, 2023, 16:11 IST
Russia stated on Monday it was downgrading diplomatic relations with NATO member Estonia, accusing Tallinn of “whole Russophobia”.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had told the Estonian envoy he must leave next month, and both countries would be represented in each other’s capitals by an interim charge d’affaires instead of an ambassador.
It said this was in response to an Estonian move to reduce the size of the Russian embassy in Tallinn.
“In recent years, the Estonian leadership has purposefully destroyed the entire range of relations with Russia. Total Russophobia, the cultivation of hostility towards our country have been elevated by Tallinn to the rank of state policy,” it stated.
Estonia and its Baltic neighbours Latvia and Lithuania have been amongst a gaggle of NATO allies arguing strongly for Germany to supply its Leopard battle tanks to spice up Ukraine in combating off Russia’s invasion.
Estonia joined different Ukrainian allies final week in sending extra weapons of its personal.
Commenting on the downgrading of ties, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated: “The Estonian regime has received what it deserved.”
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