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Kazocins: Crimea’s annexation helped revive NATO from a state of stagnation

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea helped revive NATO from a state of stagnation, believes former Chief of Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau Janis Kazocins.

The annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in Ukraine proved that Russia can easily use its army to attain its goals, said Kazocins in an interview to Latvijas Radio. At the same time, a discussion with Russia should be maintained, even though it is likely that China will be the superpower of the future, and countries will have to establish good relations with it.

NATO was not aimed against Russia up to the point when Russia decided to provoke the alliance with the annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, believes the former chief of CPB. Now the west has to closely follow Russia’s every step. Kazocins believes Russia will change. But that is a matter of time.

Latvia and other western countries have to do all they can to make Russia a normal country. That requires a dialogue in order to avoid a war. «We need to think about defence and diplomacy. Russians use every weakness. If they see someone ready to fight, they respect him,» – added Kazocins.

In regards to Syria and Russian-Turkish relations, Kazocins said Russian President Vladimir Putin feels Turkey has betrayed him, and so the two countries are no longer friends. «There are completely incompatible interests and personalities – Putin and [President of Turkey Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan. While Putin did take the punch that was the shooting down of the Su-34, he might not do that again, and it is quite possible NATO will have to apply the 5th Article of its treaty,» – said Kazocins.

Former Foreign Minister Juris Jurkalns is certain – if Russia decides to wage war with a NATO member state, it will lead to a nuclear war. The expressed concerns about the potential scenario of what could potentially happen to Russia’s nuclear arms should the country collapse.

Jurkans believes Russia does not want to attack Baltic States. He believes Russia has enough problems to deal with in Ukraine in Syria. This is no reason to relax, however. Instead, western countries should focus on maintaining diplomatic ties and dialogue.

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