Organized in collaboration with the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, the Embassy Series brings senior international diplomats and experts to Philadelphia for an informal evening of building new relationships, sharing business opportunities and practices, and sampling the culture and cuisine of countries around the world.
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia was joined by Rolandas Krisciunas, Ambassador of Lithuania to the U.S., Andris Razans, Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S., and Marki Tihhonova-Kreek, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of Estonia on Thursday October 8th to discuss the current situation in the Baltics regarding Russia. There was time to discuss current events with the guest speakers as well as a question and answer session, followed by networking.
All sharing borders with Russia, the Baltic nations today must address a major and growing concern expressed by Britain's Defense Secretary when he warned that Russian president Vladimir Putin presents a "clear and present danger" to the Baltic region, possibly working to destabilize the area as it has in Crimea and Ukraine, and potentially attempting to sow division within NATO as the alliance struggles with the meaning of deterrence in the 21st century.
The Ambassadors of Lithuania and Latvia to the United States as well as the DCM of the Embassy of Estonia discussed the accomplishments and future of their region, its global role, and opportunities for expanding commercial ties with the Greater Philadelphia Region.
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