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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUChairperson of Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov has voiced a proposal to introduce sanctions against Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics for his statements aimed against Russia.

On his Twitter account, the Latvian Foreign Minister promptly mentioned: «Modern Russia she will end up like German Reich after both WWI & WWII».

«If Latvian Foreign Minister allows such announcements he must understand that they might cause some steps from our [Russia] side that ‘might hurt the interests of Latvia – in the economic or trade sphere or somewhere else,» – said Pushkov.

He added that Russia cannot allow «foreign politicians to talk rubbish without feeling the consequences for themselves».

«If this man represents his country, the country must bear the responsibility for his words,» – continued Pushkov.

The Russian politician mentioned that Latvia is a very small NATO and EU member state. However, in situation of crisis involving Russia, this little country greatly gains importance. He added that Latvia is a border country Americans use to station their troops in order to use for training. On top of that, the more Latvian Foreign Minister talks, the more attention he will gain from the EU and NATO.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova also reacted to Rinkevics’ tweet by reminding of the annual marches of Waffen-SS veterans and that «this country [Latvia] has firsthand knowledge about the Third Reich, because no European paint could fully cover the SS emblems».

Saeima Chairperson and representative of the National Alliance Inara Petersone notes that «now is not the time to put Latvia at risk of internal-political risks that can be caused by unclear and ambiguous hints to society in regard to the stability of the government. The Saeima has held numerous votes which had been met with support from the coalition and the opposition. For example, such controversial votes include topics regarding the provision of residence permits in exchange for procurement of real estate properties and the matter regarding Orthodox Christmas».

«However, none of these votes have motivated anyone to voice such dramatic statements as ones recently voiced by Ilmars Rinkevics. Every person has the right to have a personal opinion, including on social networks. Latvia currently faces geopolitical risks. With that, internal stability of the country largely depends on cohesion of partners of the coalition. I believe the Foreign Minister understands his responsibility as a politician and Latvia’s Foreign Minister,» – said Murniece.

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  1. Linda says:

    Could we all have sanctions, I could give up caviar happily, Russian gas not a problem … Latvia has a right to her own decisions it’s not Russian politicals concern.

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