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Rinkevics: noble goals are used to imitate Russia’s model

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAt the end of last week, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics made a rather critical statement in regard to the National Alliance because he wanted to attract attention to a certain problem and prevent the inclusion of a proposal to the Education Law, which he believes would have served to copy Russia’s ideological model.

The minister posted on his Twitter account: ‘I am not surprised by HC’s [Harmony Centre] and NA’s [National Alliance] mutual arguments about morals, as their goal is not a free Latvia, but a totalitarian state that can be later handed over to Kremlin.’

In his interview to LNT this Tuesday, April 7th, Rinkevics explained his statement by saying that he was ‘truly surprised’ by the ability of the two opposite political parties to agree on ideological positions that are present in Russia. Every party has its own goals, but the fact that the two completely ideologically parties being able to agree on such things is truly dangerous, believes the politician.

I hope legislative initiatives of this kind will never be adopted, adds Rinkevics. He believes such goals will only lead to the copying of Russia’s model.

The minister had specifically decided to be extra critical in his opinion, as he wanted to attract attention to matters he holds as unacceptable. He is happy his statement has attracted a lot of attention.

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma told LTV7 that Rinkevics’ statements are strong, but it only reflects his personal opinion and is not to be considered Latvia’s official position.

On March 25th, Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee supported opposition deputy Yulia Stepanenko’s idea to introduce a regulation to the Education Law that provides a prohibition to distribute and use materials that could impede students’ educational, aesthetic, intellectual or physical development. Multiple deputies from Harmony, National Alliance and Latvian Regional Alliance supported this proposal.

Stepanenko’s proposal provides for adding additional regulations to the Education Law that would provide moral education in accordance with social values listed in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.

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