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Vejonis: Russia bases its foreign policy on intimidation and splitting

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussia’s foreign policy involving propaganda, economic sanctions and military exercises is aimed towards splitting governments and societies and intimidating them, says Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis.

There are no direct military threats to Latvia, but there has been increasing military activity near the state border, said the minister in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

Lately the neighbour state has been conducting military exercises with aggressive scenarios. The have also been more sightings of Russian ships and submarines in the sea. There have also been more than 50 sightings of unidentified aircraft.

The minister notes that Russia’s foreign policy is aimed at three aspects: propaganda in specific regions, economic activities (sanctions of different kind) and intensive military exercises near the border. All this is meant to split and intimidate countries and their populations.

Vejonis notes the necessity of strengthening Latvia’s armed forces, form tighter regional cooperation and rely on NATO.

According to the minister, the most important topic for Latvia on the upcoming NATO summit in Wales will be constant presence of NATO forces in the Baltic region.

It is also planned to decide on actions during crisis situations, added Vejonis.

The minister said that Latvia requires constant presence of NATO forces, but there is still no clarity with the exact size of these forces. All Baltic States and Poland are in agreement on this matter. The necessity of establishing constant NATO presence in the region is cleat to other NATO member states, especially after the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine.


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  1. B says:

    Hitler invaded Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia because there were some germans living there.
    Putin invaded Crimea because there were some russians living there.
    So what is the difference between the actions of Hitler and Putin ? None. They were both tyrants. If Walsh is going to defend this sort of annexation then Walsh is a nazi.

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    • Linda says:

      Agreed. Just ignore Mr Walsh he is talking off top of his head. The indigenous population of Crimea is Tartar Crimeans as Ukrainians to Ukraine, et al. There are Russians in the UK …. when is Putin invading?

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      • mike walsh says:

        Whether I am talking off the top of my head is a matter of opinion, Linda. But when I reinforce my opinion with the opinions of great statesmen, historians and experts in such fields, you are saying they are talking off the tops of their heads too? I bow to your superior wisdom, dear lady. You really should be given a ministerial role in Lithuanian government. There’s a lot like you in there.

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        • Linda says:

          Unfortunately, I can’t join Lithuanian government but perhaps if I search through Geni very carefully I might just be related to Duke Mindegas like I am to one of the tsars. Am waiting for connection to Putin to materialise so I can berate him!!

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  2. mike walsh says:

    Be very careful on this subject. Yes there are parallels and lessons to be learned. You write ‘some’ Russians. The population of Crimea is predominantly Russian (as is Crimea itself) just as the 3 million population of pre-war Sudetenland was part of Germany for 700 years, and its population predominantly German. Three million in a land the size of Belgium is hardly ‘some’ is it?

    “The worst offence (of the Versailles Treaty) was the subjection of over three million Germans to Czech rule.” – H. N Brailsford. Leading left-wing writer. 1920.

    “He (British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain) had no difficulty in recognising where this injustice lay. There were six million Germans in Austria to whom national reunification was still forbidden by the Peace Treaties of 1919. Three million Germans in Czechoslovakia whose wishes had never been consulted; three hundred and fifty thousand people in Danzig who were notoriously German.” – A. J. P. Taylor. British Historian.

    Now, if you have a death wish trot off to Crimea and petition for re-unification with the baseball bat junta in Kiev. Byeeeeeeeeeee.

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  3. Tom says:

    Walsh I want to visit your website….I will keep asking until you give it to me. I need to know more of your facts, I find them fascinating, you are so very thoughtful to spread all of that very channelled wisdom to the wider world. we will be all better off if we lived by your rulebook. one world one leader one voice. You really do make me laugh your such a twisted twit, who I believe needs some medical attention fast!!

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