Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets and Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomėnas said the US and its NATO allies must remain alert to the challenges posed by both Moscow and Beijing, otherwise they risk encouraging new aggression.
“As we tackle one challenge, let’s not forget another,” Rinkevics told Newsweek. “Otherwise we will wake up one morning with a very unpleasant surprise, and then we will try again to understand who missed what.”
Liimets (Centre) told the publication that the continued US focus on Eastern Europe is a priority for Tallinn.
“Our focus at the moment is very much on NATO and the NATO strategic concept that would properly assess the current security situation and provide working methods for the organization to link to this security situation,” she told Newsweek.
Last week, Frank Jüris, a researcher at the Estonian Institute of Foreign Relations, told ERR that focusing the world’s superpowers on China and less on Russia will make Estonia and the region less safe.
“Inevitably, our security situation would deteriorate and weaken as a result,” he said.
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