German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has assured the Baltic states that Berlin will support them in dealing with possible threats from Moscow, Agence France-Presse reported.
After meeting with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevich in the capital Riga on Wednesday, Baerbock said NATO would “work together to protect every corner of the territory.”
As NATO allies, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania can “rely on Germany 100 percent,” she said.
“The security of Europe, and the security of all of us, is inextricably linked to the security of the Baltic states,” Belbock said at the start of her three-day visit to the region. She will also visit Estonia and Lithuania.
Rinkevich, who has been critical of the pace of German arms deliveries to Ukraine, stressed that “Germany is a trusted partner,” referring to the role of German troops in Lithuania’s NATO battle group.
Balbock spoke Wednesday of the “nationalist fervor” that has emerged in Russia, which has led to tensions in German society as well as in Latvia. We will not let our society be divided,” she said.
Referring to a possible embargo on Russian fossil fuel imports, Berbock said Germany is making “a huge effort …… to overcome its deadly dependence on Russian energy.”
Germany is prepared to provide military support to Ukraine in the medium and long term, said Baerbock.” This is about the next three months, but also the next three years.”
According to Balbock, delivering heavier weapons, such as tanks, “is not a taboo, even if it sometimes seems so from the German debate.”