Russia will not intimidate me, Estonia's Kallas says

Kaja Kallas, Estonian Prime Minister

© APA | Kaja Kallas, Estonian Prime Minister

# 18 February 2024 21:39 (UTC +04:00)

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Sunday dismissed a warrant issued by Russia for her arrest, saying it was just an attempt to intimidate her amid speculation she could get a top European Union post, APA reports citing Reuters.

Once ruled by Moscow but now a member of both the European Union and NATO, Estonia has been a supporter of Kyiv and Kallas has been one of Moscow's most vocal critics since the Russian invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago.

Russian police placed her and several other Baltic politicians on a wanted list on Feb. 13 for destroying Soviet-era monuments.

"It is meant to intimidate and make me refrain from the decisions that I would otherwise make," Kallas told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

"But it's Russia's playbook. It's nothing surprising and we are not afraid."