The Estonian Prime Minister in the running for the head of EU diplomacy?!

European Council President Charles Michel, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kalas during an informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels, Belgium/EPA-EFE

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has endorsed his Estonian counterpart, Kaja Kalas, as a "very good candidate" for the post of EU foreign policy chief.

Ahead of an informal meeting of EU leaders in Brussels, Tusk said Kalas had a deep understanding of regional issues and the complexities of Ukrainian and Russian affairs.

"Kaya Callas is a very good candidate; she knows the problems of our region very well and understands the Ukrainian and Russian reality," Tusk said, adding that her "view is identical to the Polish one."

Following the June 6-9 European Parliament elections, Callas is among the candidates being considered for the position of EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

Tusk also expressed his support for Ursula von der Leyen, who is seeking a second term as president of the European Commission, noting her "full understanding of Polish issues".

In related discussions, Tusk spoke with other leaders from the European People's Party (EPP) about the new composition of the European Commission.

Before the informal summit, he consulted with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with Friedrich Merz, the leader of Germany's main opposition CDU party, and with Alberto Nunez Fejo, the head of Spain's opposition People's Party.

The EPP, the largest faction in the European Parliament, has endorsed von der Leyen as the main candidate for president of the European Commission.

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