Estonian PM to Rutte: We must raise the price of aggression

  • 2022-01-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas spoke to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday evening about Russia's actions on the borders of Ukraine and the strengthening of NATO deterrence in the Baltic Sea region, noting that the price of aggression must be increased.

"Of course, we hope that it is possible to prevent Russia's escalation in Ukraine through diplomacy," Kallas said according to spokespeople.

"However, we must be prepared for Russia abandoning it. Allies and partners have sent clear signals about what happens when the sovereignty of an independent state is violated. It is important to raise the price of aggression for Russia," the Estonian premier added.

The prime ministers discussed how to further increase support for Ukraine.

"Ukraine has asked for broad support: diplomatic, economic and defense-related. I am pleased that several allies have increased their support for Ukraine and added contributions in NATO's eastern flank. Estonia offers defensive weaponry, a field hospital and expertise," Kallas said.

The prime ministers also discussed the preparation of joint sanctions between the European Union and the United States, the strengthening of defense and deterrence in NATO and the European Union, and matters related to the Baltic air policing mission.

The prime minister also invited Mark Rutte to make a visit to Estonia.