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The Baltic states on the conflict in Ukraine. OSW Commentary [no doc #] 2015-01-23

Hyndle-Hussein, Joanna (2015) The Baltic states on the conflict in Ukraine. OSW Commentary [no doc #] 2015-01-23. [Policy Paper]

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    Before Russia began its aggression against Ukraine, including the annexation of Crimea, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had felt a higher level of security due to their membership in NATO and the EU. This has now changed. The authorities of these states claim that Russia has been pursuing an aggressive policy towards them for a long time, using various instruments of pressure. They claim that Russia is now able to organise acts of sabotage against them in several areas and that these could threaten both their internal stability and the territorial integrity of the region. The Baltic states’ reaction to the threat from Russia has demonstrated that the level of cooperation between them is low. It has also revealed certain weaknesses in several areas of how these states function, which Moscow may be willing to use for its own purposes. Paradoxically, this has created a chance for the Baltic states’ governments to take measures which in different political circumstances would meet with resistance from society, such as strengthening the military sector and the level of energy security.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Estonia
    Countries > Latvia
    Countries > Lithuania
    Countries > Russia
    Countries > Ukraine
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) > OSW Commentary
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2015 09:03
    Number of Pages: 8
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2015 11:33

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