Baerbock pledges greater support for Baltic states
Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has set off on a three-day trip to the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Berlin (dpa) - Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has pledged greater support for the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in view of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. “We are prepared to become even more involved in the security of our partners”, the Green politician said on Wednesday before departing for a three-day trip to the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Though Baerbock did not give details, she stressed: “In an emergency, we will defend every square inch of our common alliance territory”. She said for example that the Bundeswehr already played the leading role in NATO’s presence in Lithuania.
Baerbock is planning to meet her counterpart Edgars Rinkevics in the Latvian capital Riga. A meeting with head of government Krisjanis Karins is also planned. In the afternoon, the minister intends to take part in consultations with the three Baltic Foreign Ministers Rinkevics, Eva-Maria Liimets (Estonia) and Gabrielius Landsbergis (Lithuania).
She said she wanted to make it clear during her trip that “Germany is facing up to the new realities with the utmost consistency”. Baerbock explained that the German government was resolutely supporting Ukraine in its fight for survival, with weapons, financial support and further tough sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power base. She added that it was also strengthening its own defences and playing its part in the reorientation of security in Europe. “So that our partners can rely on Germany”, Baerbock emphasised.