Nordics and Baltics demand Russia release Estonian security officer

The foreign affairs ministers from the Nordic and Baltic countries demanded that Russia immediately free Estonian Security Police officer Eston Kohver.

At the Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers meeting Thursday, which continues in Tallinn Friday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Hans Brattskar, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius approved a joint statement in which they expressed deep concern over the incident that took place on September 5, when Kohver was reportedly abducted by Russian security services on Estonian territory.

"Eston Kohver was taken by force to Russia and is being held in custody in Moscow,” the joint statement by the eight representatives said. “We call on Russia to immediately release Eston Kohver and ensure his safe return to Estonia.”

The US State Department has also commented on the Kohver situation in much the same vein.

The European Union’s foreign relations representatives also released a statement Friday expressing concern over the abduction of Kohver from Estonia’s side of the border crossing at , and also demanding his immediate return to his homeland.

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