Latvia congratulates Estonia on Kohver exchange

Latvian officials were quick Saturday to offer their congratulations to Estonia after Estonian authorities confirmed that abducted security officer Eston Kohver was back on home soil. 

In a surprise move that may have been linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin's imminent appearance at the United Nations, the Estonian Foreign Ministry announced Saturday morning that Kohver was back home after Russia's FSB security service broke the news, saying Kohver had been exchanged for Russian spy Aleksei Dressen.

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics were among the first to offer their congratulations, Straujuma responding to a tweet by her counterpart, Tavi Roivas.

Rinkevics used the opportunity to remind the world that Kohver's abduction should never have happened:

You can read Taavi Roivas' official statement on Kohver's release here.   

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