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Expert: Russia will likely heavily criticize Latvia for the arrival of U.S. troops in Ādaži

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Russia will definitely react to the arrival of U.S. troops in the Baltic region. This fact will be used in Kremlin’s information war against Latvia and NATO, predicts politologist Kārlis Daukšts.

The arrival of a small group of U.S. soldiers will not have a big impact on Latvia’s armed forces. However, the very fact that USA has decided to send troops to the Baltic region is a military-political sign towards Russia. It shows that USA takes the situation seriously and that Russia’s current policy is considered a threat to the alliance. ‘I believe it is only a gesture. Let’s be realistic – this kind of action cannot be considered serious military activities performed by USA on Latvian soil. At the same time, the presence of these soldiers increases Latvia’s safety, because Latvia is viewed as an ally and a link in NATO’s defence,’ – says Daukšts.

‘The information war will definitely use the arguments that America’s army is rapidly closing in on Russia’s centre and its borders. American troops are coming close to Russia’s heart. It is clear that this will be used in the information war against Latvia and NATO,’ – says the expert.

The politologist adds that Russia’s response may include military activities. This includes sightings of Russian combat aircraft near the borders of Baltic States.

Daukšts predicts a reaction from Russian press in Latvia as well. ‘There will likely be a lot of unpleasant comments about this. These comments will likely impact views of Russian-speakers living in Latvia as well,’ – added Daukšts.


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  1. mike walsh says:

    The U.S.(SR) Is hell-bent on fermenting unrest in Europe. Why is it that to access objectivity and common-sense, and an abundance of it too, rather than consult the palace media one has to view their readers comments. Never in 50 years have I seen the media and politicians (a coincidence?) so our of touch with their patrons and electorates. The EU is now very much what the Soviet Bloc was.

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  2. LINDA says:

    So what if Russia doesn’t like the influx of US troops, Russia should learn fast that Eastern Europe does not want to join Russia unlike USA and UK where migrants flock to by whatever means. Odd that! Must be something to do with a democratic society and freedom to choose.

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  3. Mike Walsh says:

    Baltic States: Lay out the red carpet for the Russian reaction to NATO provocations: I QUOTE: “Our concern is caused by an increase of US air force and the American military personnel in the Baltic, Poland, and also the Alliance’s ships in the Black Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement, quoting General Valery Gerasimov. NATO wargames in Eastern Europe are also “not helping” to normalize the situation, Russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoigu said earlier.

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    • Linda says:

      Russia is trying to recreate the past, the near abroad thug. And the US (et al) has always been welcomed. If Russian imperialism had not subjugated the Baltics to 50 years of soviet tripe, hardship and plundering, the Baltics, would be on same par as Finland and so on. Russia has set these counter-actions in motion. The Baltics have not sought the aggression, it has been freely given by Russia and her miserable government.

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  4. alex says:

    NATO must first override the EU’s pathological need to satisfy the German economy and political elites. Article 4 should have been invoked by the now and Europe should have manned up even if not mobilised.

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  5. Linda says:

    At least states have a free will with the EU if they don’t want to be part of the set up they are free to leave BUT with the Soviet Union and presumably as part of the new Russian Empire there will be no free will or freedom to leave the sphere of influence of Russia as we can all see from the events in Ukraine. If we were to take history literally we could call upon all the finnish tribes of modern Russia to assert their desire for nation-statehood, Russia would then be reduced to Muscovy! That would be truly great! It is not USA fermenting unrest in Europe but RUSSIA/CCCP.

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