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Vejonis: Russia sponsors terrorism

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussia and NATO have been engaged in mutual arms race over the past five to ten years, believes Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis.

In an interview to Latvijas Radio, he admitted that this arms race proves Russia’s recent activity in allocating larger and larger financial resources for defence, modernizing its armed forces, developing new weapons and setting up new military bases.

The minister also said that Latvia has not been allocating enough money for defence. He added that air defence is an especially big problem. He says that there is a modern Russian military helicopter base close to Latvia’s borders, and if they cross the border at high enough altitude, Latvian armed forces will not be able to shoot them down, which is a problem.

This is why it is planned to develop air defence capabilities and early warning system. In total, it will be necessary to invest at EUR 140 million in air defence system (radars and Singer missile launchers) in the next eight years. The Latvian government will have to decide on this in the near future.

The minister also said Russia is financing terrorism. According to the Defence Minister, this assumption is true because the Ukrainian government is certain separatists on the east of the country are terrorists. As an example of uncontrolled supply of weapons to terrorists, Vejonis uses the recent catastrophe with flight MH17 of Malaysian Airlines, which was shot down in Ukraine last week. The minister believes Russia is responsible for this tragedy and that this is an actual threat.

«If you supply weapons to uncontrolled people who uncontrollably use those, it always leads to tragic consequences,» – said the minister. Russian authorities deny their involvement in the conflict, but «let’s be realistic – who helps them? Certainly not the Ukrainian government,» – said the minister.

On July 17th, a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down in Ukraine on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, as reported by Ukrainian media. 280 passengers and 15 members of staff were on board the plane; no survivors.

The Ukrainian government claims the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.

According to available information, there were 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysian, 11 Indonesian, 6 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 5 Philippine and 1 Canadian passengers on board the crashed passenger plane. The nationality of the remaining passengers has not yet been determined.


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  1. mike walsh says:

    I knew it would happen, the truth is catching up on the lies. The proof is emerging that KIEV was responsible… and has a lot of questions to answer about the destruction of the Malayan airliner.

    Latest news, we know the bodies are being taken to Donetsk railway station. Why is the Kiev Army shelling the railway station. You banderasts supporting the Kiev regime, I pity your pitiless souls. May God forgive you.

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    • Linda says:

      You obviously have NOT read the above article – the fault lies with pro-Russia not Kiev.

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      • mike walsh says:

        The publication reported that mercenaries from ex-Soviet Baltic states, as well as Sweden, Finland and France fought in the Azov Battalion, a paramilitary group supporting the Kiev government troops and financed by Ukrainian oligarch and governor Ihor Kolomoiskyi.

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        • Brian says:

          Russia is a terrorist country sponsoring terrorism in sovereign nations.

          There is no dispute, unless you are paid by Moscow to spread propaganda. Even then, you know you are getting paid to lie.

          Mike, do you get paid by the post, or just a monthly payment ? Please share.

          No other country invaded Georgia. No other country invaded Crimea. No other country invaded the Baltic nations.

          But all the citizens all begged to be under Russian rule……….

          You are posting in an area read by people who either suffered directly under Russia, or have parents who were. We know the truth. We will not be swayed by your paid propaganda.

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        • ernests says:

          What publication?

          It is not the Azov Battalion that is funded by Kolomoiskyi – it is the Dnipro Battalion.

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