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Estonia Pledges Support for Russians in EU Nation’s East

  • Premier pledges to boost investment in Russian-speaking region
  • Ida-Virumaa lags despite being energy, manufacturing center

The Estonian government pledged to invest in roads, schools and jobs in the nation’s largely Russian-speaking northeast in a show of support for a region that the invasion of Ukraine has put under the microscope.

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas traveled to the Russian-speaking city of Narva in Ida-Virumaa, a region that has trailed behind other areas in reaping the advantages of Estonia’s 2004 entry into the European Union and the adoption of the euro eight years later.