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
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)
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.