The Baltic “Obsession” with NATO

By Sergey Rekeda


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.”


Living Without Obama: Reflections on the State of German-American Relations

By Stephen F. Szabo

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.

Аlexander Vinnikov, Head of NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine: We need to be ready to defend the populations of ally states

By Yulia Znachko

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.

Baltics to Build Stronger Logistics Within the EU and NATO


By Olevs Nikers

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.