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Survey: Latvia’s residents are dissatisfied with EU’s and USA’s policy in Syria

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian residents view European Union’s and other influential geopolitical players’ realized policy in Syria as ineffective. The majority of positive opinions, on the other hand, were directed towards Russia – 22% of respondents said in SKDS’ organized survey that Russia’s activities are generally more effective, according to survey results.

This week there was a discussion organized in the European Parliament about the European Union’s new strategy in Syria. Residents were asked about EU’s and other influential geopolitical players’ policy in Syria. The survey was organized by SKDS following a request from MEP Andrejs Mamikins’ bureau.

Respondents were asked to comment on measures taken by USA, UN, EU, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Generally speaking, Latvian residents found measures employed by the aforementioned sides to be ineffective in Syria. The majority of positive assessments were given to Russia – 22% of respondents in this study said Russia’s actions are more likely effective.

The most negative assessments were given to USA – 33% of respondents said this country’s employed measures are negative. Only 12% of respondents said they view USA’s measures in a positive light. 37% of Russian-speaking and 12% of Latvian-speaking respondents welcomed Russia’s activities in Syria. What is particularly interesting is that both Latvians and Russian-speaking respondents spoke negatively of USA’s activities in Syria (32% and 35% respectively).

European Union’s activities in Syria did not receive high praise as well: only 10% of respondents find it effective. 27% of respondents view EU’s activities in Syria in a negative light. This negative opinion of the EU and its policy is more or less the same among Latvian and Russian-speakers.

Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins comments: «The EU should change its approach. Europeans ask the correct question: why does the EU merely trying to resolve the result of the Syrian conflict – inflow of displaced refugees to its territory – instead of playing a more active role in the conflict’s resolution?»

He adds: «Helplessness and ineffectiveness have become apparent to all people. EU leaders have to drop stereotypes and come up with a new action plan in cooperation with other geopolitical forces.»

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