bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Monday 29.05.2017 | Name days: Raivis, Raivo, Maksis
LatviaLatvia

Foreign policy expert: Putin’s views are short-term and reek of hooliganism

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is hard for Vladimir Putin to accept the rules of the game, which have developed over the past 20 years. While the majority of people are happy about the end of the Cold War, it was likely a personal tragedy for Putin, notes foreign policy expert, deputy Chairman of Latvian Transatlantic Organization Žaneta Ozoliņa in her interview to BNN.

According to her, Putin is currently trying to return if not the conditions of the Cold War, then the kind of situation when force has greater meaning than talks.

Ozoliņa agrees with the recently voiced public opinion that Putin’s goal is to weaken Latvia. She believes a weaker Latvia would mean a weaker European Union. However, she adds: ‘I do not think Putin wakes up in the morning, and the first thing he does is think about how to weaken specifically Latvia. His objective is a weak Europe, which is a very short-term and rude point of view to have, because this king of policy may lead to very painful consequences in a long-term perspective. Instead of thinking how to raise people’s welfare and national economy, Putin has chosen to walk a different path – strengthen his positions by weakening his opponents, including physically, which we can see in Ukraine’s case.’

It should be added that LATO has asked the Cabinet of Ministers to immediately react to threats to national security, which are presented by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats to Ukraine’s existence. ‘Russia threatens not only Ukraine, but also all of its neighbouring states and Europe as a whole. The government’s attitude towards defence and safety of residents has been irresponsible both in terms of planning reductions to the defence budget and in avoidance to make decisions in regard to the safety of the population. The Cabinet of Ministers should consider performing a full evaluation of risks to national security,’ – as mentioned in the organization’s announcement.

LATO calls the Cabinet of Ministers to provide the Saeima with Defence Ministry’s compiled bill and action plan for the increase of the Defence Budget to 2% of GDP by 2020 before the next Saeima elections. The organization also asks the Cabinet of Minister to limit the availability of EU taxpayers’ finances and export support funding for the duration of the 2014-2020 EU planning period to enterprises that directly depend on markets of countries which have been introduced with international sanctions.

The organization also asks to have the residence permit programme be temporarily halted considering threats to national security. This restriction is said to be imposed against citizens of countries considered hostile to EU and NATO.

The government is also advised to perform measures in regard to gas and electricity market liberalization in order to reduce energy dependence on Russia. Among other recommendations for the government, LATO said it is necessary to strengthen the education programme of national minorities by using EU funding and secure successful transition to Latvian language for the majority of school programmes of national minority schools by 2018.

According to LATO, it is necessary to stop the broadcasting of censored Russian television channels in Latvia. It is also necessary to allocate long-term financing to Latvian social media that broadcast contents in Russian language on television, internet and radio, and provide support for the creation of a Baltic television channel in Russian.

In terms of land security, it is necessary to conclude talks with NATO about the creation of new bases in the country. Interior Ministry and the National Guard should increase funding for personnel and equipment procurement. The Saeima should start organizing annual defence policy debates with participation from social representatives in order to contribute to discussions regarding military threats and priorities of national security.

Ref: 102.109.109.5782


Leave a reply

  1. michael walsh says:

    “The first rule of propaganda – always accuse the opponent of something you yourself intend to do.” This woman practises it.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Linda says:

      She speaks the truth where Russia concerned. Putin has always mourned the passing of the Soviet Un ion and although promising Yeltsin not to try to turn the clock back, is now seeking to do that very thing. If you want to know what is behind the Russian misguided notion of their own importance, suggest you read “Russia and the idea of Europe” by Iver Neumann et al (issue mid 1990s).

      Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. Harald Koht says:

    Latvia has a good reason – together with other European nations – to be deeply concerned about Russian actions and intentions in the current crisis. Dr. Ozolina’s proposals seem to me to be reasonable precautions to counteract the effects of Russian policy towards its neighbours.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.9% in April

Compared to March, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.9 % in April 2017. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 2.9 %, prices of building materials increased by 0.5 %, whereas maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.4 %.

Estonian wage growth slows down

The average monthly gross wage in Estonia, in the first three months of 2017, compared to the respective period last year, increased by 5.7%, Estonian statisticians have estimated and concluded that the country’s wage increase has continued to decelerate for year in a row.

Allied troops continue arriving in Latvia for military exercises

Saber Strike international military exercises in Europe will be taking place throughout 3 – 15 June. Allied troops and military vehicles continue arriving in Latvia. Because of that, there may be temporary traffic congestions on roads, as reported by Defence Ministry.

De Facto: millionaire Krumins’ family donates to UGF; four more houses to be built in Jurmala

Latvian businessman Julijs Krumins’ daughter donated EUR 19,000 to the Union of Greens and Farmers in May, as reported by LTV programme De Facto. Krumins has confirmed this, adding that «four more houses are to be built in Jurmala».

State law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime

Latvia’s state law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime. Work groups first meeting already held, as reported by State Police representatives.

Political fights for tax reforms planned to be concluded in Mid-June

Latvian government plans to view legislative drafts associated with the intended tax reform in the middle of June. Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola says the ministry is working hard to prepare legislative drafts. The objective is viewing legislative drafts in the government on 13 June, said the minister.

More rain expected in Latvia this week; air temperature to decline also

With the beginning of next week, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the south-east part of a cyclone. Central regions will likely experience short-term rain and even thunderstorms, as reported by the Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Germany: EU cannot fully depend on allies

The European Union cannot fully depend on the U.S. and UK anymore, the long-time German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has evaluated in election atmosphere.

Week in Lithuania. PM: Coalition isn't the best

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, whose government has been in office for half a year, says that the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party differ in their philosophies and approaches to many issues.

BNN summary of the week: Estonian minister disapproves of NATO; Latvia’s tax system lags behind

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Business; Change; Future; Decline; Truth and Growth.

Municipal elections 2017: what do people say?

With municipal elections gradually coming close, BNN offers a compilation of opinions provided by experts from different industries. Short answers consist of thoughts about specific municipalities that affect respondents directly, and municipal administrations in general – what people expect from officials and what changes they expect from elections.

Trade of natural gas to legal clients in Latvia commences

Trade of natural gas to legal clients in Latvia has commenced. Latvenergo’s Elektrum product offers fixed-price contracts for 12-month supply period. The first gas supply contracts have been signed with clients in Latvia, the company reports.

Murniece: the biggest strength of Latvia’s parliament is public involvement

The biggest strength of Latvia’s parliament is the involvement of the public in resolution efforts of matters associated with child and women’s rights, the rights of disabled people, as well as security, tax policy and the European Union, says Saeima speaker Inara Murniece.

Corruption on decline in Lithuania, yet still remains troublesome

To wrap up the findings of a new corruption research ordered by the Special Investigation Service, an institution dealing with financial crimes in Lithuania, the situation is largely improving, yet not as fast as the service wishes.

Ventspils signs agreement with Chinese-Belarusian industrial park Great Stone

Vetnspils Freeport Authority and Ventspils High Technology Park signed an agreement yesterday with Chinese-Belarusian industrial park Great Stone, which is the largest infrastructure development project in Belarus, as reported by the freeport’s representatives.

Resignation filed by arrested Tallinn Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor of the Estonian capital has stepped down from office after being arrested as part of a criminal case into violations of procedural restrictions of Tallinn procurement tenders.

Residents: situation in Latvia is developing in a wrong manner

54% of residents believe the situation in Latvia is currently developing in a wrong manner. A similar situation is noted in relation to the evaluation of the government’s work. 75% of respondents are critical about the government’s work. Only 17% of respondents are positive about the government’s work, according to results of Baltic International Bank Latvian Barometer.

Finance Minister: we have to be ready for flexibility in the reform plan

Currently we have to progress forward with the intended tax reform and prepare for a degree of flexibility, says Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

Zarins: unlike healthcare workers, Latvia’s roads are crumbling silently

Saeima deputy Ivars Zarins has submitted a proposal that offers restoring State Roads Fund and providing it with funding of 80% of excise tax for oil products. It is also proposed to divert income from vehicle operation tax and road use fee.

Price of oil slides 5%, though exporters decide to uphold production restrictions

Oil price has dropped by around five percent, even though oil-exporting countries have decided to maintain production limits until spring 2018.

Experts: role of free trade agreements to increase – especially with Asia

Latvian businessmen are already sufficiently active in several Asian markets. Their experience shows – these markets have great potential, according to representatives of the European Parliament’s Information Bureau.

Trump steps up pressure on NATO’s «indebted»

All NATO member states should pay their fair share of military expenses, has stated U.S. President Donald Trump in a meeting of NATO member states in Brussels.

Sunday expected to be summer-like hot in Latvia

This Sunday is expected to be summer-like hot, whereas the week after will be cold and rainy, as reported by Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Pensioner guide: old people are isolated from society in Latvia

«In my experience with social care, I was surprised by the dominating belief that the only thing old people need is elementary care – some food, a wash and a walk outside. Psychology of old people is something completely alien to people in Latvia,» says initiator of Pensioners Guide in Latvia Nelli Skadina.

SEB: reimbursements paid to nearly 340 loan clients over the past five years

In five years since the signing of the first loan payment insurance contract, reimbursements have been paid to nearly 240 SEB Bank clients who took loans and experienced unexpected difficulties after.