Estonia is worried about being excluded by Russia from the public grid

Estonian Prime Minister Kallas warned his people about the risk of power outages if Russia removed the Baltic states from the common grid.

“We have to watch out in case Russia disconnects Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from their electricity grid,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on television on the evening of September 22.

“It’s wiser for authorities, companies and individuals to prepare for a blackout scenario,” Kallas added, describing it as “temporary.”

The Russian Embassy in Estonia said on September 23 that “Russia did not initiate” the departure of the Baltic states from the common power grid.





Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas speaks to the media after an extraordinary parliamentary session in Tallinn on July 18.  Photo: Reuters.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas speaks to the press in Brussels, Belgium, June 23. Image: Reuters.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been separated from the Soviet Union for more than 30 years and joined the European Union (EU) in 2004 but still depend on Russia to ensure a stable supply of electricity. The EU is spending 1.6 billion euros ($1.94 billion) on a project to separate the Baltic states from the common grid with Russia and Belarus by 2025, transitioning to a European decentralized electricity system.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in June that it was prepared if Russia cut off electricity from the country in response to Vilnius’ blocking of rail freight to Moscow’s overseas territory of Kaliningrad.

The European ENTSO-E grid will connect to the Baltic states within 24 hours if disconnected by Russia, helping to avoid power outages, Lithuania’s grid regulator Litgrid announced in July.





Location Russia and the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  Graphics: Al Jazeera.

Location Russia and the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Graphics: Al Jazeera.

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