It’s been 25 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union and the reemergence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as independent countries recognized as such by their neighbors including the Russian Federation. In 2004 the three Baltic republics joined the European Union and NATO for economic and security reasons. There have never been permanently based NATO forces on Baltic soil although NATO troops have been holding military exercises there as a result of Russia’s invasion of Crimea, its continuing military activities in Eastern Ukraine and particularly its threats against the countries that rim Russia’s northwest border. What are the Kremlin’s intentions?
What kind of relationships can its neighbors expect to have? Can a Europe that includes Russia ever become “whole and free” or has the equation changed so radically since 2014 that this post Cold War vision is no longer possible? This talk is a follow-on to Dr. Iivonen’s March 9 presentation “Finland and Russia’s Changing Policies.”
Note: Ambassador Derse will also be speaking on the legacy of the Holocaust in Lithuania at Temple Beth Shalom on Sunday, June 14 at 2 pm. For more information please contact Judy Weinstein at 505-348-4471.