VIDEO: Turkey vs. Ukraine - who is more important to the EU?

  • 2023-12-01
  • LIIA

The fifth discussion of the Riga Security Forum in an unorthodox and bold manner explores the strategic significance of both Turkey and Ukraine in the context of the European Union and the geopolitical implications of both countries.

Titled ”Tukey vs. Ukraine - who is more important to the EU?”, the discussion contextualizes NATO and geo-strategic elements.

The Riga Security Forum’s podcast features the Deputy Director for Centre for Eastern Studies Justyne Gotkowska and the Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs Dr. Toni Alaranta. The conversation is moderated by the Associate Researcher at the Latvian Institute of international Affairs Uģis Lībietis. 

The discussants are addressing the complex nature of relations with both increasingly essential EU partners.

The recorded conversation is available here: 

The Riga Security Forum brings together international experts in security, politics, technology, education, and defense. In a series of freely available webcasts, the Forum's interlocutors explore issues of global significance through political self-reflection and, by answering uncomfortable questions, strengthen mutual understanding in building a safer future. This year's theme is "How European is European Security?".

A new audio and video episode will be released weekly in both English and Latvian from October 31 to the end of December, covering topics across both the "traditional" or conventional dimensions of security and the "unconventional" or non-conventional security challenges.

The discussions are freely available on the website:, on the LIIA social media accounts, and on Apple and Spotify platforms. 

The project is the result of a successful collaboration between the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, NATO Public Diplomacy Department, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Baltic States, Embassies of the United States, Poland, Canada, Spain in Latvia, as well as international defense, security and aviation lifecycle support services, pilot training and technology solutions provider “Patria”, Riga Graduate School of Law Riga and 5G Techritory platform.

Plašāka informācija:

Alise Podniece

Latvijas Ārpolitikas institūta pārstāve |  |

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