Estonian prime minister's husband suspected of ties to Russia: the essence of the scandal
The business of the husband of the head of the Estonian government, Kaja Kallas Arvo Hallik, may be linked to Russia. Since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Stark Logistics, a company that supplies raw materials for the production of aerosol cans to Russia, has reduced its shipments but has not stopped making profits from the aggressor state.
The results of the investigation were published by the ERR agency. Estonian President Alar Karis demanded an explanation from the Prime Minister.
"It's sad to talk about this because today we celebrate Ukraine's Independence Day, but I think the public is waiting for an explanation from Ms Kallas. And after that, she will probably have to think for herself and talk to her advisers about what to do next," the Estonian leader said.
Kallas herself noted that she does not delve into her husband's business, but she is convinced that there are no Russians among his partners and clients. Speaking to members of the government, she reiterated her position.
"I am still of the opinion that all trade and business with Russia should be suspended while the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues," she concluded.
In the spring of this year, Kallas paid an official visit to Ukraine. She met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who awarded the Prime Minister of the allied state the Order of Yaroslav the Wise.
"I would like to thank Madam Prime Minister and the entire Estonian people for their sincere and, what is very important, timely support of our defence. If you look at it per capita, the assistance for our defence from Estonia is one of the largest in the world," the President said at the time.
Kaja Kallas is also one of the most active supporters of Ukraine's European integration. She is convinced that our country should become a part of NATO, as this will ensure security not only for the Ukrainian people, but also for all countries in the Alliance.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL reported that the Sejm in Warsaw had approved a bill on Russian influence, which imposes liability on civil servants and officials found to have contacts with Russia. Anyone whose ties to Moscow are proven could be removed from office.