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Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus: Estonia along with its allies demands the release of Eston Kohver from Russia


Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus stressed that Estonia is continuing to actively use all diplomatic means in cooperation with its partners and allies in an effort to convince Russia to immediately release Estonian security policeman Eston Kohver, who is being illegally detained.

Today, the European Union is presenting an OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) statement calling on Russia to release the Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver. The European Union released a similar press statement yesterday, on March 4. The European Union also presented a statement to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers' Deputies in Strasbourg. States joining the European Union statement included Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway and Ukraine. The Estonian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva raised the issue of the abduction and illegal detention of Eston Kohver at today's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

The abduction of Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver from Estonian territory by Russian Security Services and the six-month detention in Russia is a serious violation of international law according to Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus. “Regrettably, there has not been any substantial progress towards a real solution so far by the Russian side. Russia has also failed to respond to Estonia’s request for legal assistance,” she added.

Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia has raised and continues to hold the detention of Eston Kohver as a top-priority issue at the international level, as well as in its bilateral relations. “We intend to maintain international pressure until Eston Kohver has been released and has returned home to his family. Our partners and allies join us in calling for Eston Kohver’s immediate release by Russian authorities and his return to Estonia in international organizations and at bilateral meetings with representatives of the Russian Federation,” the Foreign Minister said. “We are grateful to all of our allies and partners for the strong support they have shown,” she added.

Yesterday, on March 4, the Estonian consul met with Eston Kohver, forwarded messages from loved ones to him and assured him that his case is being dealt with on all levels. The relevant Estonian authorities are doing everything in their power so that illegally detained Eston Kohver can be freed and can return home.

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