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Foreign Minister: Russian actions in Ukraine do not inspire optimism

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussia’s actions in not complying with conditions of the agreement signed in Geneva and providing indirect support to separatists do not inspire optimism in regard to the progress of the situation in Ukraine, says Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Two weeks have passed since the signing of the agreement in Geneva, but Russia continues to do nothing. Occupation of administrative buildings and violence continue to spread in Ukraine, said the minister in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

Rinkēvičs does not rule out the possibility of EU sanctions being imposed against several other persons. News about this possible step may become known before the end of this week. This week, USA and EU agreed on an updated list of people against whom the two sides would introduce travel restrictions and freezing of bank accounts.

While Russian officials sound proud when publicly speaking about being added to the ‘black list’, they say very different things in private conversations, says Rinkēvičs.

In regard to the upcoming festivities related to May 4th, the minister said people have woken up after the events in Crimea this March. He added that people now understand that freedom is not something self-explanatory. People have told him, he says, that what happened in Ukraine is near Latvia’s borders. This made him and other members of the government reconsider certain aspects of the country’s policy.

BNN had previously reported that USA had recently announced new sanctions against Russia in regard to the crisis in Ukraine.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    Is there, indeed, has there even been PUBLISHED IN BNN the mildest criticism of EU and U.S. interference, provocations and suchlike. And there’s still the chutzpah to say the Western media is balanced and objective. The Western media is as bent as a dog’s back leg…. Stalin would envy it.

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  2. Piotr says:

    Come on BNN its time you banned this idiot from making comments on your website! Everything I read from him is hatred of the west.

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    • Anonymous says:

      well, that’s funny, because everything I read in Western media is nothing but hate for the East.
      This guy you’re referring to seems to be providing a much-needed contrast to the clashing of west/east news and the like. People who are capable of thinking for themselves should consider doing the same thing: reading western and eastern news and then comparing the two in order to see which lies the most.
      Also, what that guy is doing is called ‘exercising the freedom of speech’. If BNN decides to ban him, it would be an act of censure and a clear violation of this right the western media is so fond of babbling on and on about

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  3. piotr says:

    That’s so strange you should say this because I watch western TV and read Western newspaper articles too…..Yes I can understand English!! not twisted and manipulated English like you. my wife is Latvian and I’m Polish… we live in the UK now and ….. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY HATRED for Eastern (I.e. Russian people) …..again….. propaganda filled with lies. People like you spread unfounded hatred in the world. People like you are still living with a primitive medieval mind, that we should all ignore and treat with utter contempt.

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    • Anonymous says:

      why are you accusing me of believing in manipulative English (also I’d love to hear how you differentiate between honest and true English and evil and manipulative)
      I quote you “People like you spread unfounded hatred in the world. People like you are still living with a primitive medieval mind, that we should all ignore and treat with utter contempt.”
      Isn’t that what you’re doing when accusing me? I never accused anyone in comments who just happened to include insightful comments. You do. Reflect on that sometime

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  4. Piotr says:

    I accuse you personally, because I can’t speak for nations like you apparently do, I can only speak my mind about most of your comments. I learnt English 20 years ago, I think I have a better understanding of the west than you and possibly the east too having been born in Polska and lived there for 29 years, and for the last 20 years I have lived in the UK and, believe it or not, I love it here and so does my Latvian wife, we have a good life. I accuse you of spreading unfounded lies about Western countries, and Eastern countries alike! Nine out of ten things you write are untrue, you make it sound like the Western world hates the East, and vice versa. This is simply unfounded and untrue. Occasionally you’d drop a little tit bit of something that might have some element of truth, but certainly not factual. It’s very clever of you indeed; this is how you plant seeds into people’s minds. However, unfortunately, the seeds you sow grow into thorny nettles. Your so called “insightful” comments are your own thoughts and stem from a painfully unjust mind, they are not what the majority of people think in this world. If you don’t have anything productive and truthful to say then don’t say it. It’s a good job there is an international language, if there wasn’t we might just start believing what people like you say and so will divide us all. I’ve said what I needed to say, I shan’t say anymore. However I am sure, you’ll give me the wisdom of your thoughts and proceed to bombard this website with your utter rubbish.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Try not to cut yourself on all those edges, kid. I hope this mike walsh continues spreading his opinion though – it’s rather refreshing

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  5. ARTJOMS says:

    Mike Walsh komentārus vēlreiz!

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  6. josh says:

    One is of the opinion that he’s praising himself for being a ****

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  7. Linda says:

    agree with Piotr. But remember Mr Walsh – journalist, is probably trying to get noticed as a journalist hence the onslaught of caustic comments and innuendos. Perhaps we might read his article in a newspaper sometime this century!

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