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Poland hopes for an ease in clashes in Estonia
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    WARSAW, April 28 (Xinhua) -- The Polish government on Saturday hoped that clashes in Estonia sparked by the removal of a Soviet-era war memorial would calm down.

    Poland expressed hope in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, saying that the legacy of history once again cast a cloud over the ties between nations and ethnic groups.

    The Soviet-era war memorial, situated at the Tynismyagi square in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, was pulled down overnight on Thursday night as ordered by the Estonian government, triggering strong protests in the capital and clashes between the police and protesters.

    Some 153 people have reportedly been injured and 800 protestors have been detained by the police. One protester, a Russian citizen, was stabbed during the riots and died after being rushed to hospital.

    The Russian government strongly opposed the actions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the removal "unacceptable," while the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament, on Friday called for breaking off diplomatic ties with Estonia.

    In response, Estonia postponed the relocation of the remains of the Soviet soldiers who died in 1944. The relocation was part of the dismantlement plan.

Related: Russia slams Estonia for demolishing Soviet Red Army statue

Estonian authorities have moved a Soviet war monument from its spot in central Tallinn overnight after riots left one dead. The removal of the memorial has triggered a furious response from Moscow. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Estonian authorities have moved a Soviet war monument from its spot in central Tallinn overnight after riots left one dead. The removal of the memorial has triggered a furious response from Moscow. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    MOSCOW, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday threatened to take "practical reactions" against neighboring Estonia, which earlier dismantled a Red Army soldier's statue.

    "The Russian side is planning a practical reaction against Estonia over the pulling down of the Soldier Liberator monument," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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