Some go to Ukraine only for PR – Estonian PM — Analysis
Kaja Kallas suggested that politicians may be simply looking for publicity by making such trips
Estonia’s Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas has insisted that she’s doing a lot to help Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia and doesn’t need to travel to Kiev to prove it.
During an interview with Postimees website on Monday, Kallas was asked why she hasn’t followed in the footsteps of the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, the UK who visited Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in Kiev.
“I believe that I am doing a lot for the benefit of Ukraine. I don’t need to prove anything by going to a military hotspot to once again appear in the news feeds,”She replied.
Instead of making official visits, she’ll “achieve more by talking to major allies and persuading them”According to the PM, Kiev will receive more aid.
“And Ukrainians know this very well. They themselves say that there are people, who come to them only to take pictures for social media,” Kalas noted.
Estonia was a staunch supporter of Ukraine in the conflict. It provided 250 million euro worth of weapons to Kiev, which included Javelin antitank missile systems and mines as well as howitzers, mines grenade launchers, mortars, ammunition, and mines.
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On Monday, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland shut their borders to Russian travelers in response to Moscow’s military operation. Tallinn also called for an EU-wide ban on Russians entering the EU. However, Brussels refused to implement the measure.
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