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Opinion: UGF has written itself a political impotency sick-list

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«In the mass media we read that ministers of the Union of Greens and Farmers have had a secret meeting with a high-rank Russian official. The meeting was set up allegedly about the opening of the sprats market, allegedly about the increase of transit cargoes from Russia, allegedly about gas and whatever else. Ministers allegedly thinking about Latvia’s railway and fish processing industry workers,» – Agris Liepins wrote in Latvijas Avīzē.

«Political commentators are more direct and justifiably spot serious threats there. This meeting can be viewed as a trap set up by Russia to attract UGF politicians and, when the time is right, ask to repay the debt by allowing pro-Russian party Harmony into the government. It is worth keeping in mind that in Putin’s Russia, economic decisions are made less based on economic calculations and more based on the value of political benefit. There will definitely be a political price to pay in exchange for the permit to sell sprats in St Petersburg and Moscow,» – says Liepins.

According to him, «while UGF ministers were busy meeting with Russia’s high and mighty, Karlis Ulmanis was spinning his grave. UGF consists of a two-party tandem. The 1991-founded Latvian Farmers’ Union declared itself the successor of the Latvian Farmers’ Union that was founded in 1917. It was one of the largest political and influential civil parties before the country became free. Karlis Ulmanis was its leader since its foundation. Other noteworthy members included Zigfrids Anna Meierovics, Mikelis Valters, Janis Zalitis and others. Accomplishments of this party will forever remain in the hearts of Latvians. It is no surprise that Latvia’s first president Guntis Ulmanis started his career as a member of that party. The party’s motto was – For Latvia—national, beautiful, and strong! UGF politicians of today, it seems, do not even comprehend the ideal succession they have taken upon themselves. If they do comprehend it, they act neglectfully towards it.»

«Going back to Karlis Ulmanis who was spinning in his grave during the secret talks. Perhaps he wasn’t spinning in his grave because his party’s successors were drinking with Russian officials. As an economist he would try to understand. Ulmanis was spinning in his grave because UGF leaders of today see Russia’s market as the only solution to Latvia’s problems. Compared with the politicians of the first farmers’ union, green farmers of today have written themselves a political impotency sick-list,» – says Liepins.

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  1. Walter Burke says:

    Seems like a smart move. This guy Duklavs seems to care about the Latvians… and he should!

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