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Ministry: BBC film is not about how dangerous life in Latgale is

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«In relation to Latvian public television’s decision to show a film by BBC the plot of which is tied to the occupation of Latvia’s eastern parts, I would like to say that this plot is based solely on the interpretation of the film’s authors and is not in any way, shape or form related to the actual situation with the lives of people living in Latgale region. This film is about the British who test their readiness to defend a member state of the alliance – Latvia,» – notes Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.

«This only once again proves that Article 5 of the NATO Treaty is important to not only Latvia, but also the larger NATO member states. With that, this film, which does not represent the official policy of the British government, should be taken as a signal to the alliance to ascertain their readiness to defend any and every NATO member state regardless of its size should such a need arise. Had Russian not occupied Crimea in 2014 and had not started a war in Donbass and Georgia in 2008, maybe BBC would not have come up with a scenario for this film,» – says the minister.

According to the minister, «NATO is the world’s strongest military alliance that protects and will continue protecting Latvia because we are part of this alliance. Even now our country’s safety is only enhanced with the constant presence of allies in Latvia, regular military exercises and NATO’s support in patrolling Baltic skies and other security activities carried out to ensure the region’s safety.»

«It is also important to keep in mind that we are also responsible for the safety of our beloved country. This is why we continue enhancing our country’s self-defence capabilities and internal security. We have to do everything we can to deter others from threatening the existence, security and territorial integrity of our country. Finally, this film is definitely not about how dangerous life in Latgale is. Any foreign journalist that has ever visited Latgale knows this. Latgale’s residents were, are and will remain patriots of Latvia,» – said the minister.


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