Estonian Ambassador to Russia Margus Laidre was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was declared persona non grata. The diplomat received a “strong protest” reported at the ministry. He was given a week to leave Russia.
In mid-July, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared Russia’s ambassador to the country, Alexander Petrov, persona non grata. This happened after the Russian Foreign Ministry declared the consul of Estonia Marta Lyatte persona non grata, Novaya Gazeta reminds.
On July 6, the FSB announced Lyatte’s arrest. According to the service, the Estonian consul was detained while receiving secret information from a Russian.
“This activity is incompatible with the status of a diplomatic worker and has a clear hostile nature towards the Russian Federation,” the department said.
Lyatte was declared persona non grata and was given 48 hours to leave the country.
According to the Estonian Foreign Ministry, the detention of the consul was a provocation against the diplomatic representative of Estonia, and the accusations are groundless. According to the ministry, Lyatte was at a working meeting at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.