Egils Levits is the President of Latvia, one of the tiny Baltic States neighboring Russia – and a member of NATO since 2004.
Levits explains why in his view, the fate of Ukraine will be essential in the next major contest facing the West: with China.
With the war still raging and Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping getting closer, he talks about the implications for democracies in Europe and Asia. And he says it’s essential for NATO to strengthen defenses in Latvia and NATO’s entire “eastern flank.”
Levits comments on China’s recent 12-point “position paper” for ending the war – and whether he believes Beijing or Moscow are really serious about peace. And he explains what Russia’s plan to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus – which also borders Latvia – means for his country.
00:00 – 00:27 - Introduction
00:27 – 02:37 Germany holding back on sending fighter jets
02:37 - 03:37 Russia’s plan to deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus
03:37 – 07:48 NATO troops in Baltic states
07:48 – 09:14 China’s 12-point “Position Paper”
09:14 - 10:55 Russia and China’s perception of NATO expansion
10:55 – 12:56 Sphere of influence of Russia and China in East Asia
12:56 – 14:50 NATO expanding its horizon into Asia
14:50 – 17:12 Isolationist attitude of some Republicans
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