1 Jun 2018 15:55

Estonian ambassador to U.S. ends mission early, citing tiredness

TALLINN. June 1 (Interfax) - Estonia is recalling its ambassador to the United States, Lauri Lepik, who has been working there for less than a year.

Lepik presented his credentials to U.S. President Donald Trump on September 1, 2017. However, he recently asked to be recalled, the newspaper Postimees reported on Friday.

"Yes, I have decided to step down as ambassador. As we understand, it's not an easy decision, but I'm glad I made it," the diplomat said in response to a question from the paper.

The ambassador said the reason for his request is that he is tired. He said he has been on trips abroad for 13 years, and for the past seven has been engaged in intensive diplomatic work in Ukraine, at NATO, and in the U.S.

However, the paper cited sources as saying that the real reason is problems with alcohol. Lepik declined to comment.