German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed concern over military tensions on NATO’s eastern flank and assured the Baltic states of the Alliance’s solidarity.
He said this during a meeting in Berlin with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
“Not a day goes by without Russian warplanes taking to the skies over the Baltic Sea. More and more often they violate the airspace of your states,” Steinmeier said.
Steinmeier noted that the threat situation and the risk of incidents since the illegal annexation of Crimea and Donbas and the pulling of Russian troops to Ukraine’s border have become as serious as they have not been in a long time.
“You are not alone in this situation. Whoever threatens the Baltic states threatens the whole of NATO also threatens Germany,” he stressed.
Steinmeier recalled that the Bundeswehr leads the NATO contingent in Lithuania, and German air forces defend the airspace over the Baltic Sea in rotation with other Alliance partners.