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Russia testing West’s limits with hybrid campaign: Estonian FM

By AFP
May 28, 2024
Estonias Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna arrives at Oslo City Hall during NATOs informal meeting of foreign ministers in Oslo, Norway June 1, 2023. — Reuters/file
Estonia's Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna arrives at Oslo City Hall during NATO's informal meeting of foreign ministers in Oslo, Norway June 1, 2023. — Reuters/file 

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Russia is trying to test the West´s limits by stepping up its hybrid attacks across Europe, Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna told AFP on Monday.

The warning came after Estonia last week was rattled by a border incident with Russia that saw Moscow remove buoys demarcating their shared frontier on the River Narva. “It was not for us the question only about our border, but also it´s the EU and Nato border as well -- so and it was provocative behaviour,” he said. “It was a provocation, of course.” Tsahkna said the West had to understand “that Russia is just pushing the limits and also playing with our fears” of escalating tensions into open conflict.