In Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, they are afraid of what the negotiations between the Russian and US presidents will end.
Already by itself, the upcoming 16 July meeting in Helsinki of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trampovyvaet anxious expectations in the Baltic countries. The very fact. Still would. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, for example, has repeatedly said that she does not intend to meet with the Russian president, as long as his country is leading the current policy and called the Russian Federation "a terrorist state". And here - on you.
The President of Lithuania is the only leader of the countries of the world who called Russia so. And categorical is the unwillingness to meet with Putin, as if he is hungry and waiting. I'm not sure that he is generally aware of the threat of "boycott" from the side of Grybauskaite. And if you know, it is unlikely that Putin shuddered at this news. The leaders of the Baltic countries, having learned that the Russian president will meet, in fact, the head of the whole Western world, certainly worried. After all, before the presidential elections in the US, they put on Clinton and often acted tactlessly about Trump, and then had to make excuses.
Well, most importantly: it is only the fact of the meeting that casts doubt on Russophobia and the overly active anti-Russian propaganda activity of the ruling circles of the Baltic countries. What if Putin and Trump find a common language? Where to put Russophobia, this sophisticated hatred of political technology, helping to stay in power?
Here, too, hopes are expressed from the shores of the Baltic Sea. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, known for his constant attacks on Russia and the phrase "we are Kremlinfobs," talked on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeoi, expressed hope that Trump's meeting with Putin would reflect the principled position of the US towards Moscow.
BNS agency quoted Linkevičius: "I said that the meeting is approaching, we hope that it will reflect the principled position of the US towards Russia. We very much appreciate the principled and consistent position of the United States. " That is, in fact the head of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave his American colleague an installation for a meeting of the US and Russian presidents. Very cute.
Dalia Grybauskaite acted more diplomatically. "We have no special expectations," she said about the upcoming meeting with journalists. "We treat with great care." By the way, among the Baltic politicians during the election period in the US, she was in no hurry to "bring down" Trump and did not notice any gross attacks on him.
Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, like Linkevičius, is full of his own specific hopes. "I am sure that the position of the US President on Ukraine, including the illegitimate annexation of the Crimea, is unchangeable and durable," he said, assessing the upcoming meeting of the two world leaders. Mikser expects that "all sanctions against Russia, established due to the annexation of the Crimea, will not be revised until Russia stops violating international law. This also applies to those restrictive measures imposed on Russia in connection with activities in Eastern Ukraine. " Trump was praised and praised by the Estonian minister for the fact that the US administration "found the best way to compel Russia to observe the principles of international law."
Political scientists, however, chuckle at the Mixer and his statements. This is the same official of Estonia, in a statement to the Finnish edition Helsingin Sanomat called for ... intimidating Russia. "We in Estonia do not consider Putin irrational. He is very rational, very calculating, and therefore he can be influenced by intimidation, "said Mikser.
It would be very interesting to see how Tallinn would undertake to intimidate Russia.
The most diplomatic among the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic was the Latvian Edgar Rinkevich. On the air of the local LTV television channel, he stated that the Foreign Ministry does not have much concern about the upcoming meeting in Helsinki, but it is important, he said, what the meeting will result in.
Rinkevich remarked: it's very good that there is a "dialogue on many fairly complex topics" between the two major world powers. But he poured a fly in the ointment: it is important for Latvia that this meeting does not bring surprises in relation to, as the Latvian minister put it, "the basic principles of international law".
Yes, it is quite obvious: the Baltics are afraid of the meeting between Trump and Putin. In addition, they are frightened by NATO officials by their alarming expectations of the outcome of the meeting between Putin and Trump. So, the coordinator of the ruling coalition of the FRG for transatlantic cooperation, General Peter Bayer, is very alarmed. "We in the alliance feel growing concern about the agreements that can be reached at the meeting between Trump and Putin," he told local journalists.
According to him, the NATO countries were not involved in planning the meeting and working out the issues. Well and if with Germany Trump did not consult, what to speak about Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia? And then Die Welt frightens: "A terrible scenario would be a deal between Moscow and Washington bypassing Europeans, under which the United States, for example, would refuse to participate in NATO military exercises on the eastern border of the alliance." This is despite the fact that Estonian politicians have repeatedly called on America for a permanent military presence in the region, and Dalia Grybauskaite recently expressed the idea of installing Patriot systems ... on submarines to strengthen air defense in the region.
The British The Times has added fuel to the fire of fears. According to the publication, the format of the meeting provokes the alarm. As Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said, the Russian-American summit summit will be a meeting of "only these two people." The Time worries about what promises Trump will give to Putin, "beginning with the recognition of the annexation of the Crimea and ending with the withdrawal of American troops from the territory of Germany."
But the President of Finland Sauli Niinisto has a different mood. In an interview with the Finnish edition of Ilta-Sanomat, he expressed another hope that does not coincide with the Balts' hopes: a meeting of the leaders of the two world powers will eliminate fears and relieve tension.
It would be to listen to him, especially since we really do not know what the meeting will end. But this is a good hope. However, in the same Lithuania, Finland's pragmatic attitude towards Russia, the ability to follow its principles and build good-neighborly relations is angrily called "Finnishization". It's kind of an exposure, and local politicians calling for a policy of relations with Russia following the example of Finland are glued to the label of enemies. But now there's nothing to be done. It is necessary to reconcile at least with the very fact of the meeting in Helsinki. And then we'll see.