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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

London looking for their own way to the Baltic States

Procedure Brexit is not running yet, but London has decided to intensify bilateral relations with a number of small post-Communist countries, especially the Baltic States. Have heard words about what Britain is – as alleged and Russia is seeking to split the European Union. That is seeking their initiatives to United Kingdom?

Two months before the start of the procedure Brexit command of the Prime Minister of great Britain Theresa may has decided to begin to build relationships with individual like-minded countries within the EU. With this end in view the enhanced capacity of the British embassies in the Baltic States, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.

“This applies not only to London, but to Moscow, which is often accused that she is trying to split the EU”

In the British embassies in these countries will have extra staff and lobbyists. As writes Bloomberg, citing a senior representative of the British government, it is proposed to use the concerns of these post-Communist countries regarding the security and Finance to split the United front of the EU.

Collectively, the small States, says the Agency, can have a significant impact on the debate on Brexit in favor of great Britain.

Days Mei said that the government will continue to contain the British troops in the EU to provide security in the face of “possible aggression from Russia.” The coming spring only to Estonia London will send a battalion with heavy weapons. In its composition will be 800 troops, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and drones.

The Baltic countries did not support Brexit because for them it threatens to turn into a loss of transfers from the European funds in connection with the disappearance of the British share in the total EU budget. London was one of the main contributors to the EU budget after Berlin and Paris.

An expert of the Berlin Friedrich Naumann Foundation Sasha Tamm is convinced that London is not going to use tactics to split the EU and these messages say only that the UK develops a strategy for like-minded countries. “UK not interested in the division of Europe. It is important to find new partners. Ljubljana favor more active in open markets than that of France. So the UK wants to deepen a new relationship with these countries,” Tamm said the newspaper VIEW.

In turn, leading researcher, RISS Oleg Nemensky says that building a priority of bilateral relations with individual EU countries does not mean that the policy of London aimed to split the EU. “This applies not only to London, but to Moscow, which is often accused that she is trying to split the EU, while Moscow makes it clear that a special line of relations with each EU country in any way does not contradict the recognition of the commonality of the EU,” Nemensky said the newspaper VIEW.

However, he drew attention to the existing EU split. On the one hand – those who believe that in response to “Brakcet” EU countries must close ranks and strengthen the integration, to create a single federated state, which will be kind of a new German Empire.

“There are other countries that are closer euroscepticism. They believe that the further strengthening of integration does not make sense and you’re trying to preserve what we have now, or even in some degree to ease the integration, to avoid new exit from the EU”, – the expert believes.

According to him, Britain is not interested in turning the EU into a new German Empire and “the interest of Londoners is that the EU has become less cohesive organization than now.”

“But that doesn’t mean that London aims to split the European Union. Just clearly demonstrates that London will be to build relations with other EU countries regardless of Brussels. In connection with the new status of London in the future here for him, there are different opportunities to pursue a more free and more relevant to their own interests foreign policy. Since the Baltic States in the EU have historically performed the role of the allies, namely the UK and largely through her contact with the United States, in respect of these countries the London line will be special. Perhaps it would be contrary to the interests of the EU as a community,” predicts Nemensky.


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