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Russian War in Ukraine Bruises Baltics’ Relations With China

  • Estonia’s foreign minister Reinsalu comments in interview
  • Beijing’s failure to condemn war has recast alliances
Tallinn, Estonia. 

Tallinn, Estonia. 

Photographer: Peter Kollanyi/Bloomberg

China’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine played a role in Estonia’s decision to quit an Eastern European initiative that aimed to enhance relations with Beijing, the Baltic nation’s top diplomat said.

“It was definitely a factor that we kept in mind when making the decision. Before that, we consulted with a series of allies,” Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in an interview in Paide, Estonia, on Saturday.