Estonian ForMin summons Russian ambassador over developments regarding Ukraine

  • 2022-10-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – On Monday, Estonia summoned the Russian ambassador to strongly condemn the illegal sham referendums organized by Russia in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine and the subsequent annexation of territories belonging to Ukraine.

Marge Mardisalu-Kahar, head of the ministry's department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, informed the Russian ambassador that Estonia will never recognize the results of illegal referendums and that they are in no way legitimate under international law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

It was also reiterated that Ukraine has every right to defend its territory within internationally recognized borders and to restore control of the territories annexed by Russia. Estonia clearly expressed its support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and emphasized Estonia's incessant all-round support for Ukraine in order to achieve these goals.

Mardisalu-Kahar once again called on Russia to stop its military activities in Ukraine, to withdraw its troops and discontinue threatening rhetoric about the use of nuclear weapons.

Russia's actions since the breakout of the war on Feb. 24 have been extremely dangerous to global security, and Russia has only further escalated the situation through continued hostilities in Ukraine, the killing of civilians, the threat of nuclear weapons, the staging of sham referendums and the announcement of mobilization.

Estonia stands for the Russian leadership to be held accountable for the crime of aggression.