Russia Expels Estonian Ambassador Amid Tensions Over ‘Russophobia’
Russia responds to Estonia’s expulsion of 21 diplomats by expelling Estonian ambassador and denouncing “total Russophobia”
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Monday (01.23.2023) the expulsion of the Estonian ambassador in response to the Baltic republic’s expulsion of 21 Russian diplomats earlier this month.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs proclaimed the expulsion of the ambassador of the Republic of Estonia, citing the “total Russophobia” of the country. The Russian ministry also announced that the bilateral relationship would be lower to the level of business managers and instructed the ambassador to leave on February 7th, 2023.
In a statement, foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania urged Germany to approve the shipment of the Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine in order to strengthen defense and “stop Russian aggression”. Estonian head of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Reinsalu, also voiced his support of the statement and shared it via his official Twitter.
Although the reason for the expulsion of the ambassador is clear, the effects of this move on the two countries remain unclear.