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Russian ambassador: Latvian-Russian relations could be better

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Alexander Veshnyakov

On a scale of 1 to 5, Russian-Latvian relations deserve no more than 3, believes ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov.

However, as the diplomat noted in his interview to Telegraph, the relations of the tow countries are not as bad as some more radical Latvian politicians want them to be.

At the same time, he warned that the effect of this kind of pre-election populism is dangerous for bilateral political relations. “No one will keep offering a hand for a handshake if people constantly turn their backs to him,” – said the ambassador. He noted that the growth of the turnover of goods continued in 2012, even though the rats have become more modest.

According to Veshnyakov, Russian never changed or worsened its relations with Latvia, while Latvian politicians have become distant to Russia after the 2011 Saeima elections. After the elections, the National Union entered the government. The diplomat believes that negative tendencies will not last, and that pragmatic cooperation will endure.

According to the diplomat, there are no reasons for Russian officials to visit Latvia this year.

BNN previously reported that Baiba Broka, Riga Mayor candidate from the National Union, expressed her openness towards political consultations with Unity‘s candidate Sarmite Elerte about cooperation between the two parties in their preparation for municipal elections.

Reform Party insists that voters should not be divided into Russians and Latvians. “If the goal is ethnic elections, we cannot agree to walk on this path. Thanks to our program we have an opportunity to attract at least a small proportion of Russian speaking voters. We believe Harmony Centre is not the only alternative for Russian voters,” – said the party’s executive director Ivo Valdovskis.

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