Estonian Ambassador to Russia, Margus Laidre, was announced that an employee of the Estonian diplomatic mission in Moscow must leave the country within a week, according to the official portal of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is noted that a resolute protest was made to Laidre and a note was handed in which it was stated that “on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, an employee of the Estonian diplomatic mission in Moscow is announced to be “persona non grata” and is ordered to leave the territory of the Russian Federation within a week”. This happened after on July 15 the Estonian Foreign Ministry announced “persona non grata” an employee of the Russian Embassy in Estonia.
Earlier, on July 7, the consul of the Estonian Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Mart Lätte, was declared “persona non grata” in connection with “activities incompatible with diplomatic status”. It is specified that the consul was detained red-handed during an espionage operation.
“We offer the Estonian partners to stop, not to complicate even more the situation that they have already aggravated to the limit. Otherwise, there will be a new decisive response from the Russian Foreign Ministry. In this case, all responsibility for the deterioration of bilateral relations will fall entirely on the Estonian side,” warns the Ministry.