Estonia has no 'Plan B' if Ukraine loses to Russia, says PM Kallas

Kaja Kallas
Kaja Kallas

Estonia has no "Plan B" in case of Ukraine's defeat in the war against Russia, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in an interview with the BBC on June 1.

She noted that if Moscow succeeds in the war, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will turn his attention to the Baltic states, seeking to bring them back under Russian control.

Estonia allocates more than 1% of its GDP to support Ukraine, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

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"If every NATO country did this, Ukraine would win," Kallas said.

When asked whether Estonia has a "plan B" in case Ukraine loses the war, Kallas said there is no such plan.

"We have no Plan B for a Russian victory because then we would stop focusing on Plan A — helping Ukraine push back the Russian invasion," she said.

The allies should also not "give in to pessimism," Kallas added.

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"Victory in Ukraine is not just about territory," the Estonian Prime Minister stated.

"If Ukraine joins NATO, even without some territory, that’s a victory because it will be placed under the NATO umbrella."

Steps towards Ukraine's accession to NATO

A NATO summit was held in Vilnius on July 11-12, 2023, attended by leaders of 31 NATO countries and delegations from Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Ukraine, and Sweden. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was also present.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on July 11 that Ukraine would become a member of the Alliance without a Membership Action Plan (MAP) and would receive an invitation when the allies agree and "conditions are met."

In April, Stoltenberg invited Zelenskyy to the Alliance's summit in Washington, D.C., on July 9-11, 2024. However, he doubts that Ukraine will receive an invitation to join the organization by then.

Zelenskyy hopes for two decisions at the summit: the transfer of new air defense systems and concrete steps towards Ukraine's membership in the Alliance.

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