Estonia thanks allies for support in Kohver case

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The Estonian Foreign Ministry expressed its gratitude Monday for the support its allies have given during attempts to return kidnapped security service agent Eston Kohver from Russia.

In Twitter post, the ministry said:

Latvia and other countries have called for the speedy return of Kohver to Estonia after his appearance in a Moscow courtroom on espionage charges after his disappearance from the Estonia-Russia border on September 5.

Estonia has released classified documentation in an attempt to prove Kohver was snatched from sovereign Estonian territory while investigating cross-border crime and smuggling.

Russian authorities claim the agent was seized on Russian territory while engaged on a spying mission.

With the two sides showing little sign of reaching agreement, Russian ambassador to Estonia Yuri Merzljakov was summoned for a second time on Septmeber 12 and presented with a letter from Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. 

"Taking an Estonian citizen to Russia against his will and detaining him in a Moscow prison is a clear violation of international law," Paet said int he letter.

"Eston Kohver must immediately be released so that he can return to Estonia," he added.

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