bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 30.08.2015 | Name days: Samanta, Jolanta, Alvis

Opinion: unfathomable how UGF could nominate Lembergs as its Prime Minister candidate

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(+1 of 1)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU‘An experienced Latvian politician and mayor of a large city speaks of our choice to join the European Union and NATO as though one of Kremlin’s ideologists, outcompeting even Putin’s partner party Harmony Centre’s politicians in his statements,’ – said MEP and Chairman of For Fatherland and Freedom/ LNNK party Roberts Zīle in his interview to BNN in regard to Aivars Lembergs recent statements about NATO’s role in the defence of the Baltic region.

‘I have been working in politics for 25 years. I believe Latvia’s admission into NATO and EU are also a result of my work. So I feel rather disappointed to hear such things,’ – as the politician expresses his disappointment about the recent statements of the Ventspils politician.

BNN had previously reported that Aivars Lembergs’ friendly attitude towards Russia, including his announcement that the only ones who would benefit from the deployment of NATO troops in Latvia would be the prostitutes, has been noted by Russian media.

With that Lembergs managed to ‘express his views’ on Russian television.

According to what Lembergs told the Russian channel, some American soldier could launch a rocket towards Moscow, and this can be done without Latvian government knowing about it, because Americans are the ones order around NATO. As a result, the counter-strike may fall on Latvia. ‘We all know how Americans behaved in Japan, Iraq, Vietnam and many other corners of the world. Latvia has a treaty with USA that states that American soldiers are to be stand trial in USA for any offences they perform in Latvia. This is why I believe it is very dangerous to have foreign military forces present in Latvia,’ – says Lembergs.

It is not the only criticism Lembergs mentions in his interview to Russian media in regard to NATO: ‘Who occupied Gibraltar? NATO member state UK. Who occupied Cyprus? NATO member state Turkey. With that, looking at Europe’s practice in this, NATO member states present the highest threat level.’

Lembergs words have caused concerned talks in Latvia. Deputies of the ruling coalition in Latvia are also baffled by his opinion. They await explanations from the Union of Greens and Farmers as to the thoughts behind their decision to nominate this person as the party’s Prime Minister candidate numerous times.

‘It is unfathomable how the Union of Greens and Farmers could propose a person with such views as a possible candidate for the post of Prime Minister of Latvia. We can only imagine Latvia’s fate if he had become Prime Minister at some point,’ – says Zīle.

He believes UGF should decide whether they, as the political party responsible for Defence Ministry and Latvia’s ties to NATO, represent Latvia as a country tied to Western values or a country turned towards Kremlin’s Eurasian Union ideology.

‘These two political vectors cannot meet. This is why we expect this political party to provide a clear opinion and make a political choice – either such statements are acceptable for them or they are not. If UGF remains silent, then there is a high probability that this party may form a coalition with Harmony Centre or any other pro-Kremlin party that may end up in the Saeima after the elections. This scenario is very dangerous, because it may lead to Latvia’s exit from NATO and notable increase of Russia’s influence,‘ – believes Zīle.

Both Zīle and Reform Party’s deputy Sandra Sondore-Kukule believe Lembergs’ statements are completely unacceptable.

Sondore-Kukule notes that UGF should present a clear position on actions of its partners.

‘I was more surprised not by the absurdity of Mr Lembergs’ words, but by the fact that he seems to actually believe in what he says,’ – said the deputy.

She adds unlike many other countries in the world, there is freedom of speech in Latvia. And the freedom of speech is among the values defended by NATO and European Union. ‘I hope Mr Lembergs can appreciate that.’

Unity’s representative, member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Inese Vaidere told BNN in an interview that Lembergs’ statements came as surprising and equally absurd to her.

‘NATO is the only guarantee of Latvia’s security at the moment. Mr Lembergs might not have noticed what is currently going on in Ukraine and what happened in Moldova and Georgia after Russia’s attempts to create the Eurasian Union or even restore the Soviet Union, hoping to include these countries in it,’ – said Vaidere. At the same time, the MEP said Lembergs does not have the kind of influence to pose an actual threat to Latvia’s security.

Lembergs’ loyalty towards Russia was demonstrated by him several times. He had mentioned once: ‘I know only Russian language. I often tell my son: if you want to do business, you don’t have to know any foreign languages, but you absolutely must know Russian language.’ During the recent event in Ukraine, Lembergs had said it a number of times that Latvia should keep quiet and not try to ‘teach Russia how to live’. One of his latest comments implied the introduction of NATO forces in Latvia would mean a military occupation, similar to the one Latvia suffered in 1940.

Public figures express deep concern over the fact that Kremlin’s main television channel shows how the most popular politician of the Union of Greens and Farmers – Lembergs – openly says NATO is a threat to Europe and Russia. They add that Lembergs’ party For Latvia and Ventspils should be expelled from UGF.

Lembergs’ opinion has not gone unnoticed in Latvia. Social networks are filled with a furious storm over this kind of opinion. High-rank Latvian officials express their thoughts on this as well. Former Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks condemned Lembergs’ statements on his Twitter page; rhetorically asking if anyone in Ventspils would like to follow the example set up by Donetsk – request independence and join Russia.

Latvia’s current Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis distances himself from the matter, referencing his previous decision not to dwell on such statements. In spite of this, he continues to receive angry comments from society. According to the people, such a position of a minister sounds more like ‘I don’t care’ or ‘leave me alone’.

Ref: 102/103.109.109.2843


Leave a reply

  1. mike walsh says:

    “She adds unlike many other countries in the world, there is freedom of speech in Latvia. And the freedom of speech is among the values defended by NATO and European Union. ‘I hope Mr Lembergs can appreciate that.’… the irony is that she is indignant and critical of his free speech.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. Ilmars says:

    The solution is simple. Kick all the UFG Ministers out of the current government, and dont vote for them at the coming election.
    A vote for the Union of Farmers and Greens (UFG) is a vote for Putin.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Economic Diary of Latvia. How much does one student cost?

1 September is close. Preparing a child for the first day in school is a full-scale economic process, which includes planning time and finances, setting objectives, finding suppliers, comparing prices and making purchases. All of it is serious. With that, social and commercial organizations have started calculating the costs of sending a child to school.

Magonis still retains the post of LDz President

Ugis Magonis, who was dismissed from his post of Chairman of LDz after his arrest, still retains his post of President of LDz. He has been temporarily dismissed from this post for the duration of the investigation, as reported by the company.

Retail trade turnover up 4.3% in Latvia

Compared to June, the total retail trade turnover rose by 0.3% in July 2015, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Retail trade in food products rose by 0.5%, whereas turnover of non-food products – by 0.2%.

Average monthly gross wages in Latvia reach EUR 815

In Q2 2015 the average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country accounted for EUR 815. Compared to Q2 the previous year, they have increased by 6.9%, slightly overtaking annual increase rate of 6.3% in Q1 2015.

Port of Tallinn corruption investigation - about millions

Estonian the Prosecutor's Office stated on Friday that state-owned Port of Tallinn's board member Allan Kiil has been charged with taking bribes totalling millions of euros and former CEO Ain Kaljurand - in the thousands of euros.

FM: tax revenue has grown just as rapidly as it had in previous years

Compared with the first seven months of 2014, lower economic growth has impacted growth of budget revenue. Although there was a surplus of EUR 131.6 million in the consolidated budget in the first seven months of 2015, compared with the same period of last year, it has declined by half (EUR 133.5 million). The general budget’s revenue in the first seven months was EUR 5,263,700, which is 3.6% more than there was in the same period of 2014.

LG Electronics develops roll-up wireless pocket keyboard

At IFA 2015 exhibition in Berlin, LG Electronics will present the first ever roll-up wireless pocket keyboard. LG Rolly keyboard (model KBB-700) can be easily rolled up to fit in a pocket, bag or briefcase.

Oleg Osinovskis maintains contacts with Latvian politicians

The now dismissed Chief of LDz Ugis Magonis is not the only influential official in Latvia whose phone number is recorded in Oleg Osinovskis phone book.

Boy’s death adds to political rivalry in Lithuania

The Lithuanian President has never been enamoured with the Social-Democratic Government, but, lately, the nagging by the state-of-head to many seems inappropriate as never before.

Prosecutor asks for actual prison sentence in one of Latvenergo’s bribery cases

In one of the several Latvenergo bribery cases, prosecutor Maris Leja has asked the court to sentence the accused – former Latvenergo Vice-President Aigars Melko, forcer Technical Director Gunars Cvetkovs and Manager of Energy Consulting Andrejs Livanovics – to actual prison sentences.

Lorry with dozens of bodies found in Austria

Police in eastern Austria has on August 27 found a lorry with dozens of dead people – most likely, migrants.

Latvian government fails to reach an agreement on minimum wage rise again

On Thursday, 27 August, partners of the ruling coalition in Latvia once again failed to reach an agreement in regard to the minimum wage rise for 2016.

Pharmacists: HM’s planned changes could bring chaos to the current system

Latvian Healthcare Ministry’s planned changes in State Agency of Medicines, specifically the division of certain functions between Healthcare Ministry and State Health Inspection, could bring about chaos to the sufficiently well-structured system, notes President of Latvian Pharmacists Association Kitija Blumfelde.

Latvian Justice Minister accused of inaction in raising prison administration workers’ pay

Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs does nothing to secure wage rise of people working in Prison Administration, which is something planned to be carried out for officials of institutions managed by Interior Ministry – State Police, Security Police, State Border Guard and State Fire and Rescue Service, believe members of LIDA.

Construction costs up 0.2% in Latvia

Compared to June, the level of construction costs in Latvia dropped by 0.1% in July 2015.

Port of Tallinn copes with leadership corruption scandal

Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn's supervisory board met on August 27 to discuss the corruption allegations against the company's CEO and its only board member.

Only 15% of inspected buildings in Latvia comply with all safety requirements

By Tuesday, 25 August, Latvian Construction State Control Bureau inspected 261 education institutions in the country, which is 40% of all buildings inspected during the summer period. 89% of all inspected education institutions are in good or excellent shape.

Healthcare Minister Belevics’ son receives EUR 500,000 in dividends

EUR 500,000 – this is the amount of money Latvian Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics’ son, Arturs Belevics, received in dividends from his company Baltacon last year. If the minister is to be believed, the impressive amount of money came as a result of his son’s «actual» ownership of ‘one of the 800 currently existing pharmacies in Latvia’, as reported by Pietiek portal.

Ceasefire implemented in parts of Syria

In the Syrian civil war, that has caused a Middle Eastern migration flow to Europe a ceasefire has come into force in western parts of the country on August 27.

State Secretaries call for changes in prices of CSDD services

During a meeting of State Secretaries on 27 August, amendments to regulations were announced in order to add changes to prices of services provided by Road Traffic Safety Directorate.

Latest information: two children died in a traffic accident in Gulbene

The tragic traffic accident that occurred in Gulbene on Wednesday, 26 August, claimed the lives of two under-aged children, according to information available to BNN.

Instability in Europe's stock markets amid China's troubles

Western Europe's largest stock exchanges on Wednesday, August 26, saw a small rise in indices, after they fell sharply this week under the influence of the almost uncontrolled fall of Chinese stocks.

Aboltina admits she shouldn’t have offended pensioners by hooing at them

Hooing at pensioners during their protest act near the Saeima only served to worsen Unity’s ratings. An experienced politicians should not have done that, admits Solvita Aboltina.

Video: Cat knows better

This video is a vivid example of cats being unique individuals. Cat's owner has just installed a door for his pet, but look what the cat does!

Authorities shut down illegal sushi shop in Riga

Latvian Food and Veterinary Service and State Police have uncovered and shut down illegal sushi shop in one of Riga’s micro-districts this week.

Newest comments

Will Estonia achieve Kohver's release before the 15-year prison term in Russia?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: