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Estonia’s Kaja Kallas, fierce Russia critic, tipped as new EU foreign policy chief

Estonia’s Kaja Kallas, fierce Russia critic, tipped as new EU foreign policy chief
EU leaders’ informal talks on Monday focus on the appointments for the bloc’s top jobs, with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen expected to secure a second term

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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is expected to become the European Union's next foreign policy boss, but her tough stance on Russia has raised concerns about her ability to represent the views of all EU member states. Kallas, who has been a vocal critic of Russia and its expansionist aims, has led her country to become one of the highest per-capita military donors to Ukraine. However, her uncompromising approach has not been without controversy, as her husband's business continued to operate in Russia despite her public criticism of such actions. Kallas, the daughter of a former governor of Estonia's central bank, has been known for her drive in pushing through policies, but has also faced accusations of arrogance. Despite her popularity abroad, her tough stance on Russia and controversial domestic policies have led to some criticism at home.

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