Brief: Baltic States’ Expectations Regarding Germany’s Role in Baltic Security - Verbindungsbüro Estland
"The Baltic states regard the US and Germany as key allies. Hence, the relationship between the US and Germany and their level of cooperation potentially has a deep impact on Baltic unity and, more widely, on the cohesion and resilience of the entire transatlantic security space. Deterrence of Russian aggression on Europe’s eastern flank depends heavily on the health of their relationship. So too does the effectiveness of the West’s response to the challenge of a rising China. Any turbulence in the US-German relationship or divergence in their views of threats and challenges complicates strategic planning for all of their allies. Unfortunately, this has sometimes been the case, notably in recent years over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. With Russia and China increasingly assertive in pursuing their foreign policy interests, it is not only vital that Washington and Berlin strive for the best relations possible between themselves, but they should also involve other allies in their discussions on issues of wider strategic impact.", notes Marko Mihkelson.
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