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Russia's defeat in war against Ukraine key to avoiding Third World War, Estonian PM says

Russia's defeat in war against Ukraine key to avoiding Third World War, Estonian PM says Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The defeat of Russia in its large-scale military aggression against Ukraine could help avoid the onset of a potential Third World War, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in an interview with EUobserver.

The head of the Estonian government voiced this thesis to journalists in Brussels before the European Council on Wednesday.

"[If] Russia [were to] lose this war, then we don't have to worry about the Third World War," she said.

Kallas also added that the priority for Western countries is the desire for peace based on international law, rather than the dictate of the aggressor. Only then will it be sustainable.

"We want to have peace, but we want to have sustainable peace and peace on Russia's terms is not sustainable," said the Estonian Prime Minister.

Kallas also noted that the difference between the start of World War II and what is happening now lies in the resilience and resistance of Ukraine.

"That's why the war hasn't progressed any further. [But] if Ukraine falls, it's going to be all over Europe," said the head of the Estonian government.

In addition, Kallas also spoke about plans to increase defense spending and the importance of assisting Ukraine and strengthening European security.

Threat to global security in the event of Ukraine's defeat

Statements about the threat of further escalation in the context of Russia's ongoing large-scale war against Ukraine, particularly in the event of the Kremlin's victory, have been increasingly voiced by various top officials and world leaders.

For example, at the end of February, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski expressed the opinion that if the United States and Western countries do not help Ukraine win the war, it will tie the hands of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and his henchmen and provoke more wars in the world.

Recently, Putin began to threaten a Third World War over Western assistance to Ukraine.

It should be added that on January 16, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Western wavering in support of Kyiv and fears of escalation of the war with Russia could prolong the fighting for years.

Earlier, NATO Military Committee Chairman Admiral Rob Bauer stated that the alliance needs transformation, and the West must prepare for an era in which anything can happen at any time, including the outbreak of war.

His remarks came against the backdrop of delays or restrictions on military aid to Ukraine from the United States and the European Union.