Yet ilves is worried that his fellow Europeans may not be up to the task.
For years, ilves has been one of the loudest voices warning the West to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow.
Ethnic Russians in Estonia, ilves says, live far better, freer lives than Russians living in Russia.
Without getting into specifics, ilves says EU countries should “review” their entire approach to dealing with Russian passports.
ilves, whose family history straddles both continents, is trying to bridge that gap.
“If it were some other country that was a passport mill, there would be a reaction to that,” says ilves.