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Veinberga: our guys are beaten up in Ventspils? Should we just stand and watch?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhile the majority of Latvia is grateful to NATO for providing support and security of Baltic air space as an additional barrier for ‘green men’ and prevents the realization of Putin’s ambitions in ‘Crimea’s style’, Aivars Lembergs once again demonstrates his wish to go the opposite direction, says journalist Sandra Veinberga.

Lembergs statements were previously met with criticism from the population and politicians. However, now that a NATO soldier lies unconscious in a hospital, the situation demonstrates a notable degree of escalation, casting a shadow over Latvia’s security.

BNN had previously reported that the young NATO sailor was hospitalized last Sunday morning. When he was delivered to the hospital, doctors noted a serious head trauma, face injuries and cerebral edema.

According to what the journalist has told TVNet: ‘This is not some squabble between local boys. What has happened in Ventspils looks more like a planned score-settling with our allies.’ Aivars Lembergs also inspires the antagonizing of NATO soldiers in Ventspils.

Lembergs against Latvia’s army

Latvia’s population had heard about Lembergs’ friendly relations with Russia in the past as well. This also includes his more recent comment that the only ones who would benefit from the presence of NATO soldiers in Latvia are the prostitutes.

Veinberga also notes that ‘the head of the [Ventspils] City Council does not even try to hide his dislike towards the deployment of allied troops in Ventspils. His dislike of this was continued in the form of public agitation and his trademark offensive methods.’

According to the journalist, Lembergs has also forgotten a number of very important things.

‘First of all – the most important thing: we, as residents of Latvia, wanted to see our allies here because their presence allows us to feel safer under the risks of Vladimir Putin’s unreasonable but easily predictable threats of aggression. It is not our allies who enforce their presence upon us. We are the ones who asked them to come and help us.’

‘Secondly, the contingent of NATO solders present in Latvia are not “they” or ”strangers” to us, Latvians. Those boys that were in the nightclub are (unfortunately) also “our” boys, because Latvia’s army is part of NATO. Therefore, Lembergs’ criticism of NATO soldiers who “tear out flowers in Ventspils” and ”act indecently towards girls” are also words of criticism towards our soldiers. Our – NATO soldiers. Those who beat them up in Ventspils are no longer our boys.’

The journalist asks: who were those Ventspils hitters? ‘Those people were probably regular bandits. It is not unlikely that they are from Russia – local clones of “green men” – who were agitated by Lembergs’ colourful criticisms of NATO, which are released every day by the Russian propaganda. Lembergs may as well be the local equivalent of this propaganda machine. This should also be kept in mind.’

The government’s reaction

Veinberga believes Lembergs should feel directly responsible for the health of the beaten-up sailor, not put him at risk.

‘The boy was severely injured, but instead of extending an apology, Lembergs goes ahead and digs out his war hatchet. And, of course, neither the President nor the Prime Minister know anything about what really happened. PM Laimdota Strajuma had only responded to all this yesterday. But President Berzins still fears speaking out loud about his patron Lembergs,’ – says the journalist.

She notes that ‘Ventpils public space now has a factor Lembergs is unable to control. And this is why does not want it in his kingdom’. ‘It is possible that what remains of totalitarianism in Ventpils may affect the investigation,’ – say Veinberga.

Ventspils as Latvia’s ‘Donetsk’

The fact that the increase of NATO military presence is a very important step in improving Latvia’s defensive capabilities is also confirmed by Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis, who happens to be a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers.

The journalist reminds that this game of prestige was played by Lembergs countless times in countless court processes featuring Lembergs.

Will we vote for Lembergs puppets Grigulis and Berzins?

‘There is no point to expect a reasonable reaction from such a person. Under normal circumstances the Mayor would be the first to stand at the bed of the injured boy and do everything in one’s power to maintain solidarity and offer support to him as one of “our” own. He should have at least considered the consequences before saying such careless statements regarding the presence of allied forces in Ventspils. His statements may have been used as justification for what ultimately happened to NATO sailors,’ – said Veinberga.

This is why the journalist turns attention towards the upcoming European Parliament elections. She urges residents to consider: is it worth voting for Lembergs’ puppets Grigulis and Berzins?

‘I do not believe that these so-called patriots, who are camouflaged to protect the “chosen people”, will defend Latvia’s interests in the European Parliament. They will defend Lembergs’ wallet and Russia’s imperialistic desires. This is why they remain silent, while pro-Kremlin people in Ventspils beat up our boys,’ – says Veinberga.


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  1. Josh says:

    Why don’t the authorities just make him pack his bags and send him with his tail between his legs to Moscow? Its very simple really.

  2. mike walsh says:

    This is worthless as a news item. The Baltic media is quite out of step with other European media, which is not to say they too don’t salivate at the slightest opportunity to blame Russia for all the world’s ills.
    This is opinionated; it postures as a news item and presumes her voice is that of Latvia’s. There are a number of ways by which the security of the Baltic States can be secured. But, being Baltic media there is a pro-NATO (Slavish) mule-headedness that suggests everyone is out of step with them.
    A growing number of EU NATO members are voicing considerable disquiet over NATO reinforcements. The more politically sophisticated see the hardly hidden hand of American interests. As a Western European I find it ironic that the Baltic media is stubbornly more aligned to the Soviet mindset than to the modern world including post-Soviet Russia.

    • Linda says:

      As both East and West European, I find that I would as a European prefer American security input to that of Russia. Personally, I’d put my big and extremely fat foot on Russian government and squash them into the soil or should that be the swamp of St Petersburg.

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