Baltic States not among top 10 in­ter­ests of new us ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

The se­cu­rity of the Baltic States is not among the top 10 is­sues on the agenda of the new US pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion, says US de­fense ex­pert Sa­muel Gar­diner.

“The Baltic States have a rea­son to be con­cerned about what’s un­fold­ing in Wash­ing­ton,” the US an­a­lyst said at a news con­fer­ence at the Lithua­nian Par­lia­ment.

Gar­diner and other se­cu­rity ex­perts are at­tend­ing an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on the re­sis­tance of the pub­lic of the Baltic re­gion against hy­brid threats.

In his words, sci­en­tists have es­tab­lished that de­ci­sion-mak­ers could fo­cus on ten is­sues at the most at a time.

“If you look at what the United States is fac­ing right now, I have to say that the Baltic States do not make the list of top ten,” he stated.

In Gar­diner’s words, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion cares more about the sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, the de­vel­op­ments in North Korea and the re­la­tions with Mexico.

Dr. Michael Car­pen­ter, Di­rec­tor of the Di­plo­macy and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Cen­ter at Penn­syl­va­nia Uni­ver­sity, also noted at the news con­fer­ence, that the new US pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion was send­ing am­bigu­ous mes­sages.

“On the one hand, we hear Mr. Trump say­ing that NATO is ob­so­lete, we hear his de­sire to cozy up to Vladimir Putin, but at the same time we have his very own sec­re­tary of de­fense say that he un­der­stands that Rus­sia is try­ing to break NATO apart, that NATO is es­sen­tial and that we need to con­tinue to strengthen the Al­liance,” said Car­pen­ter.

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