Foreign ministry rejects Russian diplomat's visa application

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Source: Postimees/Scanpix

In response to the expulsion of an Estonian diplomat from the Russian Federation in early July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided on Monday to not issue a visa to a Russian diplomat.

According to diplomatic custom, the expulsion of a diplomat is reciprocated, the ministry announced on Monday. In this case, the ministry wishes to end the situation and hopes that despite its asymmetrical action, the Russian Federation refrains from a further escalation of the situation.

"Estonia is interested in good and constructive relations with all its neighbors; however, this requires the same spirit from Russia," the ministry wrote.

In July this year, the Russian Federation expelled Mart Lätte, a consul at the Estonian Consulate General in St Petersburg. Estonia responded by declaring a Russian diplomat persona non grata, which was followed by an asymmetrical decision by the Russian Federation to expel an employee of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow in early August.


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