The relationship between the Baltic states and Russia has always been complicated. No sitting Russian president has ever made an official state visit to Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, and meetings between their heads of state are rare.
After Russian aggression in Georgia in 2008, many governmental forums between the Baltic states and Russia were suspended. Relations have gone further south following the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014, and the Baltic states are among the strongest supporters of sanctions against Russia for its behavior in Ukraine.
This is the second of three articles on how IRI’s Beacon Project combats disinformation in Europe. The first article on coalition building can be found here.