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Estonian PM tells nation to prepare for blackouts if Russia switches off power grid

The Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas speaks to the media after a remarkable session of parliament in Tallinn (Estonia), on July 18, 2022.

Kaja Kallas, Estonia’s Prime Minister (pictured), warned her country about the possibility of power outages if Russia removed the Baltic countries form the joint power grid. She also announced that a quick defense readiness exercise was being conducted.

According to the government’s website she said that Russia could cut off electricity supplies to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.


She stated that “it would be wise to prepare for potential power outages – that includes public authorities, companies, and every individual.” She also described disruptions in the same manner, calling them “temporary.”

The Russian Embassy in Estonia declared Friday, 23 September that Russia has not initiated the withdrawal of the Baltic states from the common grid.

Nearly 3,000 Estonian Reservists were invited to participate in an annual defense exercise that lasted a week in Estonia, Thursday 22 September. The PM however stated that there is not an immediate military threat.

She encouraged Russians in Estonia to decline any invitation to fight for Ukraine.


Threety years after the Soviet Union split, seventeen years later, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania still depend on Russia for their steady power supplies.

The EU-funded project is worth EUR1.6 billion ($1.94bn) and aims to disconnect the Baltic States from Russia or Belarus’ power grid by 2025. It also allows them to access the centralised power system in continental Europe.

Reuters was informed by Gitanas Nuseda, the Lithuanian President. He stated that Russia could cut off its regional power grid to retaliate for blocking rail shipments of certain Russian goods into Moscow’s Kaliningrad exclave.

ENTSO-E, Europe’s power grid network, will connect to Baltic States’ grids within 24 hours if Russia cuts off power, Litgrid (Litunian power grid operator) said in July.

“If Russia disengaged us, even now we would still be ready. Litgrid Chief Executive stated, “If Russia disconnected us, even now,” that our analysis had shown that there would not be any rationing of electricity or major disruptions.

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