Estonia: PM “respectfully disagrees” with President on call to resign

Estonia’s Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, said that she “respectfully disagreed” with President Alar Karis who said that the prime minister should have resigned over a scandal involving business ties that Kallas’s husband had with Russia, ERR reports. This is the first time in 30 years that an Estonian president has urged the prime minister to resign. Kallas pointed out that she continued to enjoy the support of the parliamentary majority. She conceded that her husband’s affiliation with business in Russia was “morally reprehensible,” but again insisted that she failed to see what she was being accused of. The Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO) confirmed that Kallas’s husband had not violated any sanctions, nor did his business activity pose a threat to national security.