Russia puts Estonian prime minister on wanted list without specifying charges

Russia puts Estonian prime minister on wanted list without specifying charges

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has placed Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on a wanted list, an official record showed Tuesday, at a time of rising tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.

Kallas’s name appeared on the Home Office’s registry of people wanted on criminal charges, but the allegations against him were not detailed.

This is the first time that the ministry has included a foreign leader on a wanted list.

Kallas has been a strong supporter of Ukraine and led efforts to increase military aid to kyiv and toughen sanctions against Russia.

He also angered Moscow by pushing for the removal of monuments to Soviet soldiers from World War II. Russia has laws that criminalize “Nazi rehabilitation,” with clauses punishing the desecration of war memorials.

Estonian Secretary of State Taimar Peterkop was also on the list, according to the registry.

The move appears to reflect an attempt by Moscow to position itself in the face of increased pressure from NATO allies as the war in Ukraine approaches its second anniversary, but it has little practical meaning as contacts between the Kremlin and the West froze during the conflict.

Estonian authorities did not immediately react to the move.

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