As protestors outside the Estonian embassy in Moscow settle in for a long fight, relations between the two countries have worsened. What are described as pro-Kremlin youth activists have been demonstrating at the embassy over the moving of a Red Army statue in Estonia.
The former Soviet nation’s ambassador to Russia, Marina Kaljurand, said:
“It’s sure that these actions are very well organised, financed and orchestrated, because the kids are here, the demonstrators are here for already seven days, they have their kitchen, they have their toilets, they have music and electricity.”
NATO has joined the European Union in criticising Moscow for failing to protect the embassy.
Russia has called on Estonia to stop what it calls “provocative” action.
In the wake of clashes between police and Russian protesters in Estonia, the authorities denied they intended to cause offence by moving the statue.
They say it was moved out of the city to a military cemetary to stop it becoming the focus of tension between Russians and Estonian nationalists.
The funeral has been held for a young man killed during an earlier protest. Dismissing criticism over the death, Estonia says it was the result of a fight
between two people.