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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet demands Eston Kohver's release in a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

13.09.2014

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has sent a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which he demands the release of security police officer Eston Kohver, who was abducted on Estonian territory and taken to Russia on September 5. "Taking an Estonian citizen to Russia against his will and detaining him in a Moscow prison is a clear violation of international law," Paet said. "Eston Kohver must immediately be released so that he can return to Estonia," he added.

Paet stated that it is extremely regrettable that the bilateral contacts between Estonian and Russian authorities have not managed to lead to a final settlement for the release of Kohver thus far.

Yesterday the Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador to Estonia Yuri Merzljakov once again. The ambassador was given the letter from Foreign Minister Paet to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov during the meeting.

 

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