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Estonia will not extradite Ukrainians of military age

Sunday, 14 January 2024, 14:51
Estonia will not extradite Ukrainians of military age
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Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia, has stated that Estonia would not extradite Ukrainian men of military age.

Source: Kallas in an interview for The Kyiv Independent, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Kallas said she had discussed this issue with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his visit to Tallinn this week.


Quote: "President Zelenskyy said that there are people who are in the battlefield and there are also people who pay taxes in Ukraine so that the state could fund the soldiers. But there are also people who are in other countries, for instance, in Estonia."

She remarked that if these people follow the rules, then they have every right to remain in Europe.

"So we definitely will not do anything to extradite these people. This is Ukraine’s duty to turn to the people who remain here and convince them to return in order to help their Motherland," Kallas stated.


  • Earlier, Estonian Internal Affairs Minister Lauri Läänemets stated that if Ukraine turned to Estonia with a request to help mobilise Ukrainian citizens in Estonia, "it would be hard for us to say no".
  • The Estonian Minister made this statement after Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umierov mentioned the plans to mobilise Ukrainians abroad in an interview.
  • Later, the Defence Ministry specified that Umierov urged all Ukrainians to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine but there is so far no mechanism of punishment or legal pressure on men outside the borders of Ukraine.

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