Riga (dpa) – In the view of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Three Seas Initiative of twelve Central and Eastern European states is more important today than ever before. At the initiative’s summit meeting in Riga, Steinmeier said that the intention to develop the area between the Baltic Sea, the Adriatic Sea and the Black Sea and to link them more closely “perhaps sounded a little abstract to many people in the past”.
However, he said that even those who had previously viewed the initiative with some indifference were now clearly aware of what was necessary given the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine: “Together, we must increase our resilience in various areas.” He said that this applied in particular to energy supply, infrastructure and digital capabilities, all of which were affected by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Germany is not a full member but only a partner country of the initiative, which was launched in 2015.
Its members are the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Visegrád states of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, the Black Sea countries of Bulgaria and Romania, the Adriatic states of Slovenia and Croatia, plus Austria. Steinmeier reported that Poland had proposed inviting Ukraine to participate in the Three Seas Initiative as a parallel step to its rapprochement with the European Union.