Baltic countries refused to get into a coalition with Russia


The Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania – RRT) have declared their refusal to participate in the anti-terror coalition because of the presence of Russia in it. They made this decision after the talks of the leaders of the three countries.

According to the Latvian media “Diena” referring to AFP, the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia held talks on Friday night in Palanga, by the results of which they have decided not to participate in the fight against “Islamic state” in a coalition with Russia.

As explained by the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Russia “performs military operations in two countries – Ukraine and Georgia”. President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, in turn, stressed that “the critical situation at the southern borders of the European Union should not distract attention from Ukraine”.

“The fight against terrorism and the resolution of the conflict in Syria should not be at the expense of Ukraine”, – stressed in Riga.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, in turn, called Russia an “aggressor”.

The heads of the three countries also called for strengthening the external borders of the European Union, and only then to speak about raising the quotas of migrants in different parts of the EU.

Earlier, French President Francois Hollande called for the creation of a broad coalition to combat terrorism. Russia spoke in support of the coalition, calling for compliance with Syrian sovereignty. Also, their willingness to support joined actions against the “Islamic state” was expressed by leading parties in Germany, that is not yet participating in the operation in the Middle East.

Source: RBC


Image: AFP