Small States and Security: The Baltic Challenge – Relations with the EU and Russia?

Margarita Šešelgytė and Gediminas Vitkus, Vilnius University

Russia and the EUMember states of the EU have always had and still have fairly different attitudes towards Russia. Some of them tend to view developments in Russia in a quite pessimistic way. They emphasize a turn towards dictatorship within the country and increasing aggressiveness in its foreign policy. Others tend to have a more optimistic view they believe that despite enormous internal challenges Russia could be perceived as a partner. Therefore formulating a common policy of the EU towards Russia becomes quite a challenging task. The aim of this seminar is to discuss and rationalize the position of Baltic states vis-à-vis Russia in the EU. 

Reading material:

1) Bildt C. (1994) “The Baltic Litmus Test”, Foreign Affairs, September – October, 1994, pp. 72-85.

2) Draft Report on the State of the EU – Russia Relations (2015/2001(INI)), Committee on Foreign Reltations, European Parliament, 12.3.2015.

3) Galbreath D.J., Lasas A. (2011) The Baltic Factor in EU-Russian Relations: In Search of Coherence and Cooperation in an Era of Complexity. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Jun 2011, Vol. 19, Issue, pp.261-272.