TALLINN, February 24. / TASS /. Estonian Justice Minister Maris Lauri on Thursday demanded that telecom operators “immediately” stop rebroadcasting Russian TV.
“Incitement and propaganda of war are a crime in Estonia,” the portal quoted her as saying Delphi. “The channels for inciting war and propaganda must be closed immediately,” she added. “Today, at this hour!”
Two of Estonia’s four major telecommunications operators, Telia Eesti and Elisa, said on Tuesday that they would stop broadcasting Russian TV channels. According to the report, Telia Eesti will terminate its cooperation with Nord Print on April 25, which owns the rights to broadcast 26 Russian TV channels in Estonia, including the First Baltic Channel, REN TV Estonia and NTV Mir Estonia and others.
Last week, the Riigikogu (Estonian parliament) passed a bill banning the broadcasting of “hostile and inciting war” TV channels in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on Thursday morning that in response to a request from the leaders of the Donbass republics, he had decided to conduct a special military operation. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian military does not strike at Ukrainian cities, and military infrastructure is being disabled with high-precision means. The civilian population is not threatened, the agency assured.