“Russia and the Baltics: A Testing Ground for NATO–EU Defence Cooperation”, by Lucrezia Sapienza (IAI, Italy)

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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