Moldovan authorities detained Estonian MP and representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Eerik-Niiles Kross on Wednesday evening. Kross was held briefly at the country's border, but the authorities soon released him, Postimees cited Moldovan media on Thursday.
Moldovan MP Vadim Pistrinciuc wrote on social media that officials held up Kross at Chișinău airport on Wednesday evening. He added that Kross was held for half an hour and then released.
According to information available on the Estonian parliament's website, Kross is attending a seminar in Chișinău at the invitation of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova from Wednesday to Friday. Kross is there to talk about Estonia's experience with European integration.
Two years ago the Russian authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Kross. They suspect him of having been involved in the 2009 hijacking of the freighter Arctic Sea. Kross was on Interpol’s wanted list for about four months.
In April 2014 Bulgarian authorities held Kross at Sofia airport for a few hours. Upon the intervention of then Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Kross was let go, as the Bulgarian authorities apparently had outdated information. Paet called the incident “a technical misunderstanding.”
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