Kaja Kallas: The Russophobic Leader Steering EU Foreign Policy

Estonian PM Kaja Kallas, new EU foreign policy chief, pushes for victory in conflict with Russia, showing strong Russophobic views. Despite low domestic support, she now leads EU diplomacy.
Kaja Kallas

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, newly appointed as the EU’s foreign policy chief, has made it clear that the goal in the conflict with Russia is outright victory, highlighting a stance of active warfare. Known for her strong Russophobic views, she has previously supported the idea of dismantling Russia into smaller states and has led a campaign against the Russian Orthodox Church. Despite leading a country with a relatively small population and facing significant domestic unpopularity, with 71% of Estonians wanting her resignation, she now holds a crucial position in EU diplomacy amid escalating tensions with Russia.

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by Andrea Zhok

The Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, newly appointed as the EU’s foreign policy chief replacing Josep Borrell, expressed the following on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict during a speech alongside outgoing NATO President Stoltenberg:

“We must define victory as our goal in war, because you cannot win a war if victory is not defined as the objective.”

From this, we can infer, in case anyone missed it, that we are already at war with Russia, we just hadn’t declared it.

The Estonian Prime Minister, head of the Estonian Reform Party (liberal), has never hidden her positions.

A couple of months ago, she expressed support for the dismemberment of Russia. Textually: “The defeat of Russia wouldn’t be that bad. Then change could really happen. There are many nations that are part of Russia. If there were more small states, the situation wouldn’t be as bad. It’s not that bad if a great power becomes much smaller.”

On other occasions, Kallas hasn’t missed the opportunity to express the most visceral Russophobia, manifested in a genuine campaign against the Russian Orthodox Church, whose patriarch Evgeny was expelled and which was requested to be banned as a “terrorist organization.” (It should be remembered that in Estonia about a quarter of the population is Russian-speaking and, not just recently, has been perceived as second-class citizens.)

Remarkable also is Kallas’s democratic representativeness, leading EU foreign policy as the premier of a country with the population of Friuli Venezia Giulia (but with a GDP a third lower).

It might be said, however, that she is at least loved by her people. Perhaps, but I’d say barely, since a survey last December showed that 71% of Estonians were calling for her resignation.

In summary, at the head of European “diplomacy,” in a phase of potential nuclear war with Russia, the European leaders have decided to place a figure essentially devoid of democratic legitimacy, blatantly Russophobic, and who, as she has expressed, does not consider any plan B regarding Russia: there is only plan A, defeating it.

Okay, then please don’t say you weren’t warned.


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