The Estonian government advises residents of the country not to travel to Russia
According to Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, the current events in Russia do not pose a danger to Estonia, but the eastern border continues to be reinforced and the government recommends not traveling to Russia. This was reported by Postimees.
"I can assure you, as before, that there are no threats to Estonia from Russia. We constantly monitor the situation and exchange information with allies and partners because Russia remains unpredictable, and although Prigozhin has stopped, the situation and its long-term consequences raise many questions. For this reason, our border will remain under enhanced security, and we recommend that Estonian residents do not travel to Russia," said Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, as conveyed by the government's press service.
An extraordinary government meeting took place on Monday morning, during which ministers were briefed on the recent events in Russia and their potential impact. According to the Prime Minister, the impact of these events on the war in Ukraine will only become noticeable after some time.
"For us, the most important thing is to ensure that the international community's focus, as before, is on Ukraine's victory and supporting Ukrainians until they defeat the aggressor," emphasized Kallas.
The Prime Minister's meeting with ministers closely involved in this issue, as well as representatives of security agencies, took place on Saturday already. On the same day, Kaja Kallas also spoke with colleagues from Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, and Belgium, with whom they agreed to coordinate actions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as before, advises Estonian residents not to travel to Russia, and those Estonian residents temporarily staying there are requested to return to Estonia.
Postimees also reports that Estonian President Alar Karis has called for a meeting of the National Defense Council on Tuesday, June 27, to discuss issues related to the situation in Russia and the upcoming NATO summit.
The National Defense Council is an advisory body to the President of Estonia, and its meetings are held as necessary.
Its composition includes the spokesperson for the Riigikogu, the Prime Minister, the chairs of the parliamentary committees on defense and foreign affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, as well as the Commander of the Defense Forces.