Interior Minister: Efforts Continue Behind the Scenes to Free Estonian Security Police Agent Held by Russia's FSB ({{commentsTotal}})

Hanno Pevkur Source: (ERR)

The chain of events and recriminations following the capture of an Estonian security police officer by Russian secret services on Friday morning has cooled for now. The most recent official comment in the matter was a tightlipped interview by Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur given to Delfi last night after a 23:00 meeting of the Cabinet security committee, reiterated to ERR radio in the morning.

Pevkur's main points (Estonian link here):

* The Internal Security Service official, Eston Kohver, was solving a smuggling case when he was detained by the FSB. Pevkur used the word "detained."

* Pevkur did not openly accuse the FSB of political motives, and said the attitude from the Russian side in general has been "constructive." He repeated several times that an incident arose during the interdiction of the crime and that the sides were working toward a rapid resolution.

* He did not comment on whether there were eyewitnesses, how the incident was discovered, or how Border Guard officials were notified. The only detail he went into was regarding the smoke grenades said to be used in the abduction operation; he said that these were identified by characteristic signs.

* "The border crossing was established bilaterally."

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