Russia declares Estonian PM Kaja Kallas a ‘wanted’ person – DW – 02/13/2024

Russia declared Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas a “wanted” person on Tuesday.

On the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs website, Kallas was listed in a database as “wanted under the criminal code.”

Estonian State Secretary Taimar Peterkop and Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys were also on the wanted list.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said Kallas and the other Baltic lawmakers had been placed on the wanted list for hostile actions against Russia and the “desecration of historical memory.”

“These are people who are taking hostile actions against historical memory and our country,” Peskov told reporters.

A Russian security source told Russian state news agency TASS on condition of anonymity that the three were prosecuted for “destroying monuments to Soviet soldiers” in World War II.

Kallas has been an outspoken supporter of Ukraine since Russia’s large-scale invasion in February 2022.

She was one of the strongest voices in the European Union and in NATO in favor of supplying more weapons to Ukraine.

zc/rc (AFP, Reuters, EFE)

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