The arrival of autumn makes us fear the worst after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Baltic countries are among the most belligerent in the European Union against Russia because of their knowledge of communism. This Thursday, the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas told his nation that blackouts are possible if Russia expels the Baltic states from their joint power grid, while announcing an immediate defense military readiness exercise for reservists. “We must also be prepared that Russia can disconnect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from their power grid,” he said in a televised address Thursday night, according to the government website.
“It would be wise to be prepared for potential power outages, that includes public authorities, businesses and all individuals“, he added, describing any interruption as “temporary”.In addition, almost 3,000 reservists were called up for a week-long annual defense exercise in Estonia, although the prime minister has insisted that there is no immediate military threat to the country.
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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told her nation that power blackouts are possible if Russia kicks the Baltic states from the joint power grid, as she announced a snap defense readiness exercise.https://t.co/RQk2Qvfbbm
— Francesco Sassi (@Frank_Stones) September 23, 2022
Kaja Kallas has appealed Russian citizens living in Estonia to ignore any call by Russia to fight in Ukraine: “don’t go, because there is no turning back”.
Estonia – situated right on Russia’s border and the frequent target of Russian attacks – again shows its supreme resolve: “We should not give one inch. We should actually put more pressure on Russia to stop this war,” PM@kajakallastell me pic.twitter.com/vlMmjc1tZJ
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 22, 2022
Thirty years after seceding from the then Soviet Union and 17 years since they joined the EU, the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia still depend on Russia for stable energy supplies. A €1.6 billion EU-funded project aims to disconnect the Baltic states from their common electricity grid with Russia and Belarus in 2025 in favor of the decentralized energy system of continental Europe.
“Every citizen is responsible for the actions of their state, and citizens of Russia are no exception. Therefore, we do not give asylum to Russian men who flee their country. They should oppose the war.”
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas pic.twitter.com/Q4E5J7K9X1
— Business Ukraine mag (@Biz_Ukraine_Mag) September 22, 2022