July 17, 2019

Erkki Bahovski to Przegląd Bałtycki: There Was Lack of Cooperation Between the Baltic States and the Nordic Countries

“There was a lack of cooperation between the Baltic states and the Nordic countries. For Estonia it is more difficult to pursue its own policy due to the fact that the Nordic countries do not welcome Estonia with open arms in their ranks, and at the same time Estonia is not too interested in underlining its Baltic identity,” Erkki Bahovski, Editor-in-Chief of Diplomaatia magazine of ICDS commented to the Polish news portal Przegląd Bałtycki why neither the Nordic countries nor Estonia have representatives in the ranks of new EU leaders.

Josep Borrell as the candidate for High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU does not sound so good for Bahovski because of his contacts with Russia.

“He established a joint cyber defence collaboration with Russia, which is quite ridiculous considering Russia’s cyberattacks against western countries. He was one of the ministers who also allowed Russian ships to refuel in Spanish ports after bombing Syria. So, his achievements do not look very good,” Bahovski shares his observations.

Read the full article in Polish, published on July 17 on Przegląd Bałtycki.