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Russia intensified its shadow war against all European countries - Kallas

Russia intensified its shadow war against all European countries - Kallas Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas (photo:

The Kremlin is trying to intimidate other countries in order to undermine the provision of defense assistance to Ukraine. To achieve this goal, Russia has intensified hybrid attacks against all European states, according to Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

"Russia has also intensified the shadow war against all of European countries. It wants to really scare and intimidate the free world to scare us away from helping Ukraine," she said.

During a meeting with the heads of governments of the countries of Northern Europe and the Baltics, Kallas noted that partner and ally countries should not succumb to Russian pressure on this issue.

"We shouldn’t be scared," emphasized the Estonian official.

Meeting of European heads of government

On Monday, May 13, in Stockholm, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson held a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the prime ministers of the Nordic countries.

The head of the Swedish government stated that the cooperation between the countries of Northern Europe and the Baltics is now deeper than ever and is reinforced by increasing security threats from Russia following its large-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Also on the same day, the three prime ministers of the Baltic countries met in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, where they declared that Moscow's intimidation will not deter them from supporting Ukraine.

As Latvian Prime Minister Evika Siliņa stated, Russia must lose the war for the sake of Ukraine, European security, and the world order.

"We have to remember that we are living in a wartime in Europe. This is a war that disturbs societies in Europe. And this war is growing here just in our neighborhood," she noted.

Aid from Estonia to Ukraine

Estonia, like other Baltic countries, has been actively assisting Ukraine since the start of Russia's large-scale military aggression. The countries provide Kyiv with both defense and humanitarian, financial, and political support.

Earlier, it was reported that in March, Estonia provided Ukraine with a military aid package worth 20 million euros. Tallinn also proposed a financing plan for Ukraine totaling 120 billion euros.

Recently, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced that Estonia will provide resources to strengthen its own cyber space as part of the IT coalition.

Additionally, according to Madis Roll, the advisor to the President of Estonia for National Security, the government is discussing the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine for rear area work.