Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister has reportedly called for a boycott of Estonian goods in the latest skirmish over plans to pull down a monument to Soviet soldiers.
Sergei Ivanov, whose widely seen as a potential successor to President Putin, told a meeting of war veterans not to buy Estonian goods and not to go to the country on vacation.
The row erupted over plans to remove a bronze memorial from its central Tallinn position.
Many Estonians view it as a reminder of what they see as four decades of Soviet occupation and Red Army ruthlessness.
Estonia seems unconcerned by Ivanov’s urge to boycott the country.
It says more than a million Russian holidaymakers visit each year and accused Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister of electioneering.