Moscow expels Estonian envoy, downgrades ties

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

MOSCOW: Moscow on Monday downgraded diplomatic relations with Estonia and ordered its ambassador to leave Russia, accusing the Baltic country of “total Russophobia.” This is the first time Russia has expelled an ambassador of an EU country since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.

“The Russian side decided to downgrade the diplomatic representative in both countries to charge d´affaires ad interim,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The ambassador of the Estonian Republic will have to leave the Russian Federation on February 7,” the ministry said.