The main idea of the current prime minister is not to take any decision that could weaken the defense capacity of the country. Hence the support for the expansion of NATO, including at the expense of Ukraine, as well as the maintenance of the presence of allied troops on the territory of Estonia.
Since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, Estonian schools have reduced the possibility of learning Russian as a foreign language, despite the fact that a quarter of the Estonian population speaks Russian. The party proposes to increase the number of languages instead of Russian and to send teachers for retraining. Additionally, for people with Russian passports, Estonia restricts access to buying and leasing agricultural land and also suspends voting rights.
The Reform Party waged its main fight for votes with the conservative national Ekre party. He got just over 16 percent of the vote. Ekre criticizes the arms assistance to Ukraine and argues that Estonia should not weaken its relationship with Russia. The party also called for an end to the admission of Ukrainian refugees and restrictions on immigration to protect Estonian workers, Estonian broadcaster ERR reports.
The Center Party ranked third in terms of the number of votes: more than 15 percent. It is traditionally preferred by the Russian-speaking population of Estonia. However, his support for the government’s Ukraine policy alienated some voters.
Voter turnout was 63.7 percent. The same number of citizens participated in the elections four years ago.