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Latvia’s ex-president criticizes the world’s reaction to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

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‘I am absolutely disgusted with the world’s cowardly reaction,’ – says Latvia’s ex-president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, commenting the lack of clear position of international organizations in regard to Russia’s threats of military intervention in Ukraine.

‘First of all, this unjustified aggression against the independence and sovereignty of a country that was promised territorial integrity by the Russia Federation, UK and USA after the Soviet Union collapsed. Ukraine had handed over its nuclear weapons to Russia,’ – as the ex-president said in an interview to De Facto programme.

She notes that Russia clearly uses the scenario of the Georgian – South Ossetia conflict and Stalin’s tactics of 1940.

‘If I had once said I am afraid if the same happens in Crimea, I must now say I am afraid even more for other regions of Ukraine,’ – she said. She explains that Ukraine’s attempts of defending against Russia’s military intervention may repeat Georgia’s scenario. She also expressed her concern over the ability of Western countries to influence this situation. ‘I fear that even now many of the Western powers continue to spout words of wisdom. I see how spineless, impotent and incompetent the United Nations are in this situation. Russia has a veto right in the Security Council, which creates a situation when Russia is able to do what it wants,’ – as she emotionally put it to international organizations.

According to the ex-president, Baltic States have to understand that NATO membership implies much more than just the flag. ‘We need to invest in our security and request that our partners prepare a territorial defence plan for all Baltic States,’ – says Vīķe-Freiberga.

It should be added that more than 500 people gathered outside of the Russian embassy in Riga on March 1st, protesting against a military intervention in Ukraine.

Protesters shouted different words addressed to Russia and its President – Vladimir Putin. Many had posters in their hands, with messages like ‘No to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine’, ‘For Democracy’, ‘Hands off Ukraine!’ and other things. Some posters were more specific, featuring statements like ‘Putin = fascist’, ‘Shame to Russian occupants’ and ‘Russia – largest aggressor in Europe’.

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  1. Linda says:

    agree with Vaira Freiberga’s sentiments. The UN should remove the veto from Russia in the Security Council as a penalty and demotion of Russia from Security Council to the General Assembly for an indefinite period.

    Treat the aggressor with the same treatment.

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