IAI Commentaries September 2018
Russia’s growing international assertiveness is particularly relevant to the Baltic region. Due to its geographic position and double-membership in the EU and NATO, the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania represent both a weak spot for NATO and a key testing ground for enhanced cooperation between the Alliance and the Union.
The recent Joint Declaration on EU–NATO cooperation signed on 10 July 2018 clearly identifies countering “hybrid” threats as a common objective. Considering the variety of unconventional means employed by Russia, this field is of utmost importance for Baltics states.
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