Ratas still to take part in event in Saint Petersburg on Saturday ({{commentsTotal}})

Consecration of the Estonian St. John's Church in Saint Petersburg. Feb. 20, 2011.
Consecration of the Estonian St. John's Church in Saint Petersburg. Feb. 20, 2011. Source: (Raigo Pajula/Postimees/Scanpix)

Jüri Ratas confirmed on Wednesday that canceling his planned upcoming visit to Saint Petersburg was not even considered following Monday's fatal subway attack in the city.

Ratas repeated what he had already clarified in response to questions from opposition politicians on the matter — that his visit to Saint Petersburg had only one objective, and that was to participate in an event marking the 100th anniversary of a demonstration in which nearly 40,000 Estonians living there marched to demand autonomy for Estonia.

He added that if the April 8 event is the first scheduled event in the "Estonia 100" program to celebrate Estonia's centenary, and it was planned during the previous government already, he saw no reason to change it.

Ratas confirmed that he neither applied nor planned to apply for any other appointments outside of the "Estonia 100" program.

The last Prime Minister of Estonia to visit Russia was Andrus Ansip, who met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Saint Petersburg in 2013.

Editor: Aili Vahtla



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