The Estonian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the recording of his conversation with EU foreign policy chief is authentic. Urmas Paet said that snipers who shot protesters and police in Kiev were hired by Maiden leaders. Paet told RIA-Novosti news agency that he talked to Catherine Ashton last week right after returning from Kiev, but refrained from further comments, saying that he has to listen to the tape first. Its very disappointing that such surveillance took place altogether. It's not a coincidence that this conversation was uploaded (to the web) to-day, he stressed. My conversation with Ashton took place last week right after I returned from Kiev. At that time I was already in Estonia, Paet added.
Paet also gave a press conference about the leaked tape on Wednesday, saying that the dramatic events in Kiev, which resulted in people being killed, must become subject of an independent investigation. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement on its website, saying that the recording of the leaked telephone conversation between Paet and Ashton is 'authentic'.