Estonia's Ilves slams Swiss for being sanctions holdout
Monday, August 11, 2014
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says Switzerland, which refrained from joining most of the rest of Europe in applying punitive sanctions against Russia, has placed its own interests and banking sector ahead of European values.
A Finnish political analyst said that Finland would have the obligation to come to Estonia's aid if its smaller neighbour were attacked, even though Finland is not a NATO member and is not obligated by the organization's Article Five collective defence clause.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.