French President François Hollande congratulated Donald Trump on his election as US president on Wednesday morning but warned that the result "opens a period of uncertainty". French politicians from right and left reacted to Trump's victory with an eye on France's presidential election next year.
Economic investments from Russia? Well, that means “economic occupation.” A gas pipeline? That must be “energy dependency.” Political dialogue? That is nothing more than “propaganda and recruiting by Kremlin agents.” And flying with fitted transponders? In that case, they would tell the Russians, “You’ll have to take that up with NATO.” No matter how you slice it, it always comes down to Russia supposedly posing a threat to the Baltic countries. And this is why Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are “forced” into being a proponent of militarization in the region, as well as strengthening NATO’s presence there, and rejecting the 1997 Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation. Nothing business, it’s just personal. Representatives of the establishment in the Baltic States even stress that it is all for the sake of the obsession with achieving “peace with Russia.”
Having just returned from a week of meetings in Berlin with our current group of Transatlantic Academy fellows, who are all working on German foreign policy, the future of the U.S.-German relationship, and implications for the broader transatlantic world, I came away with a number of impressions. What follows are some of my impressions based on our discussions. I cannot speak for our entire group but have incorporated some of their insights as well.
The Croatian government’s furious response to the arrest of ten Bosnian Croats on war crimes charges in Bosnia and Herzegovina was diplomatically incompetent and will not help the suspects, analysts argue.
Slovenia has pledged to send its 50 troops in Latvia in a bid to build-up the NATO presence in eastern Europe, the national official news media reported quoting the defence ministry source.
Аlexander Vinnikov, Head of NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine: We need to be ready to defend the populations of ally states
The annexation of Crimea by Russia and armed aggression in Eastern Ukraine confirmed the view that a strong nation is not possible without a strong army. Since the hostilities began official Kyiv has stepped up its cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance.
NATO’s Secretary General has said he is concerned about Russia’s deployment of Iskander ballistic missiles to the Kaliningrad exclave bordering Poland.
Earlier this month (October 2016), the governments of the Baltic States and Poland finally reached all the necessary political, financial and technical agreements to implement one of the most ambitious projects inside the European Union—linking Finland, the Baltic States and Poland with the unified Trans-European Transport Network (NRA, October 10). The agreed-upon project, which will also have important logistical implications for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), envisions a continuous rail link from Tallinn (Estonia) to Warsaw (Poland), via Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania). The construction of this railway—known as “Rail Baltica”—is planned to start by 2020 and should be completed by 2030. The section from Helsinki to Tallinn will for now be operated by existing commercial ferries.
Officials in Bucharest said that NATO missile interceptors planned to be installed at a military base in Romania do not contravene an international weapons treaty, as Russia has claimed.
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite has expressed her hope that the Peasant and Green Union, which triumphed in the parliamentary elections, establishes an honest and responsible ruling coalition.