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Russia includes Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia, on the list of wanted criminals

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Russia includes Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia, on the list of wanted criminals

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas faces criminal charges in Russia

Russian authorities have launched criminal proceedings against Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, accusing her of destroying or damaging Soviet monuments in memory of fallen soldiers in the Baltic state. The Kremlin also accused Estonian Secretary of State Taimar Peterkop and Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys of the same offense in an unprecedented move.

The charges seem to be politically motivated, as the move comes after Kallas announced the removal of Estonian monuments commemorating the Soviet era. In response to the charges, Kallas took to social media, stating that the move serves as proof that she is “doing the right thing” by supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Kallas seems to be the first head of state to be placed on the Russian Government’s Interior Ministry’s wanted list since the invasion began, although the move is likely symbolic. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have all responded to the charges, condemning them as politically motivated. Kallas said that Russia’s action would not silence her, but instead, she will continue to firmly support Ukraine.

The move has raised concerns in Estonia, which, as a former member of the Soviet Union, joined the European Union and NATO in 2004. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Estonia has expressed worry that they could be next. Putin’s actions have sparked deep concern in Estonia, leading the country to emphasize the need for more defense spending.

Estonia has been a strong advocate for Europe to spend more on its own defense. The country’s defense budget is set to rise to over 3% of its GDP for the first time this year, exceeding the 2% threshold NATO has set for alliance members. The government has also shown full support for Ukraine in the ongoing conflict, saying that aggression must not succeed and become a new acceptable reality.

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The move by Russian authorities is a reflection of rising tensions between Russia and NATO, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. While the charges against the Estonian Prime Minister appear to be symbolic, they signal the growing political tensions across the region.

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