bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Wednesday 03.09.2014 | Name days: Bella, Berta
LatviaLatvia

Veshnyakov: Russia would not interfere if Russians living in Latvia asked for help

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf Latvia ever came to the same situation Ukraine is now, with Russian speaking population asking for assistance, Russia would never involve itself, says Russian ambassador to Latvia Aleksandr Veshnyakov.

When asked to comment if Russia would involve itself if some group of Russian speakers asked for its help, Veshnyakov said: ‘Of course not. Such things are viewed separately.’

He also expressed certainty that Harmony Centre would never ask for Russia’s involvement, because there is no point in that. ‘Drawing parallel lines in this matter is completely out of place,’ – said Veshnyakov.

However, if Latvia decides to introduce strict sanctions against Russia, the one to lose the most in this case would be Latvia, not Russia, says the ambassador.

In regard to Ukraine, however, it seems that the situation in the country has deteriorated and now poses a threat to Russians living in Ukraine. According to the ambassador, this also happened in a time when there is no legitimate government in the country.

When asked if Russia is prepared to include Crimea in its territory if the referendum ends with residents of Crimea supporting this idea, Veshnyakov replied: ‘We will discuss such a possibility.’ According to the ambassador, residents should choose their fate on their own.

He said that Russia does not question Ukraine’s territorial unity: ‘We do not want war of any kind to break out in Ukraine. We want Ukraine to remain as one.’

The Russian ambassador added that it is absolutely clear at this point – Yanukovich is incapable of being in charge of Ukraine.

As it is known, Ukraine was engulfed in political crisis at the end of November 2013. Thousands of people went out to the streets in Kyiv, protesting against the government’s decision to halt integration into the European Union, instead forming closer relations with Russia. Protests soon escalated into open clashes with police forces. More than 100 people were killed during protests in February 2014. President Viktor Yanukovich left the country to seek asylum in Russia. Crimea is reported to be under control of the Russian military.

Ref: 102.109.109.3822


Leave a reply

  1. Linda says:

    If Russia view is that Yanokovich is “incapable of being in charge” why is this crisis continuing. Russia – be a Gt Power and work with the interim government in Ukraine not against them. Stop posturing!

    A Gt Power is one that allows ex. empire nations to find their own destiny and helps/guides without exerting undue and unwanted pressure/threats.

    Surprise us – be a friend!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. Linda says:

    Suggest that Russian promises are NOT to be believed, if Russia wants to keep Ukraine as a whole why have they taken over Crimea and now agitating in the eastern portion of Ukraine. Pull back and let Ukraine sort herself out without Russian interference.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Security Police halts donation collection for Ukrainian terrorists in Riga

This Tuesday, September 2nd, Security Police stopped a donation collection campaign for Ukrainian terrorists in Riga, Imanta district.

Islamic State films killing of second U.S. journalist

Middle East military group «Islamic State» has published a video showing the killing of second American journalist, in the group's reaction to the «arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State» by U.S. President.

UGF loses state funding worth 79,000 due to breach of regulations

Authorities have taken away state funding worth EUR 79,000 from the Union of Greens and Farmers due to breach of financial regulations. This decision has been made by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Volume of illegal cigarettes exceeds 30% in Latvia; 70% in Daugavpils

The volume of contraband cigarettes in Latvia remains constantly high – reaching 30.5% of the total market volume. Every third cigarette smoked in Latvia was carried to the country illegally, without paying excise and VAT. Losses caused by this reach EUR 100 million.

Hackers develop serverless and snoop-free Skype's counterpart

A community of internet users has built a communications tool, which resembles Skype, but, according to developers, allows users «to connect with friends and family without anyone else listening in».

Residents of Riga to protest against Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine

This Wednesday, Baltic-Black Sea Alliance and Ukrainian Congress in Latvia urge residents to gather at 17:00 outside of the Russian embassy in Riga (Antonijas Street 2) to protest against Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.

PM: Dombrovskis may become European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

MEP and former Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis could be be offered the post of European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, says Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma.

Minister: Eastern Partnership summit in Riga will play a vital role

«The summit in Riga will play a vital role in politics of the Eastern Partnership initiative. The Eastern Partnership policy requires differentiation in terms of results achieved by partners and their wishes,» – says Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Economists: society is starting to feel that Latvia is not their but someone else’s country

Concerns have surfaced about 2015 being a year of brave decisions for Latvia. Especially considering how long-term matters are not likely to be included in the next year’s budget because of elections, economists say.

Three Latvian citizens have possibly joined Ukrainian separatists

It is possible that two Latvian citizens and one non-citizen are currently fighting in the Ukrainian conflict on the side of separatists.

Ukraine: Russia has commenced «great war», separatists demand amnesty in talks

Ukrainian Minister of Defence Valery Heletey evaluates that Russia has commenced «a great war», the human cost of which could in time amount to tens of thousands of lives. Meanwhile, in Minsk, talks with pro-Kremlin separatists have taken place on September 1, but have had no result.

Meteorological summer ended one week sooner than usual in Latvia

Average daytime temperature is gradually dropping 1-2 degrees below the norm. The average air temperature of the last ten-day period of summer in Latvia was +13.5° C, which is 1.4 degrees below the annual indexes.

NATO to train quick-response spearhead force in Eastern Europe

NATO plans to increase the alliance’s presence in eastern countries, developing «spearhead force» within member states that will provide them with the ability to respond to threats ‘within very short periods of time’, as reported by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Weather in Latvia expected to be dry and warm this week

As the influence of anti-cyclone becomes stronger in Latvia, weather is not expected to surprise residents with precipitation this week. This week’s weather is expected to be equally sunny and cloudy.

Latvia to hold Steadfast Javelin II military exercises

From Monday, September 1st to September 10th, Latvia will be hosting NATO’s Steadfast Javelin II military exercises. Approximately 600 soldiers from several countries are expected to be participating.

Latvia sees an increase in volume of freights and number of passengers

In the first half of 2014, the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has grown by 2.7% as compared to the first half of 2013.

Selling Citadele for a lower price may result in millions worth of losses in EU court

In 2008, European Commission’s competition supervisors ordered Austria to pay EUR 54.7 million or the difference between the price for which Burgenland province’s bank was sold and the price prepared by the second potential buyer that was excluded from fair competition.

EC to develop more sanctions against Russia

At the end of last week, leaders of EU countries agreed to request the European Commission to develop proposals for more sanctions against Russia in response to the escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

Ventspils Grain Terminal transships the largest cargo of wheat in the port’s history

This Monday, September 1st, Ventspils Grain Terminal exported the largest shipment of wheat in the port’s history. Santa Cruz, which sails under the flag of Panama, took on board 74,606 tons of Latvian wheat. This cargo has been sent on its way to the Near East.

Israel to seize land from Palestinians in West Bank

Shortly after the tragic conflict in Gaza Strip, Israel announced on August 31 its plans to expropriate four square kilometres of land in the occupied West Bank.

NATO plans to set up five new bases in Eastern Europe, Latvia included

NATO plans to set up five new bases in Eastern Europe, deploying 300-600 soldiers in each of them.

New school year begins for nearly 200,000 Latvian schoolchildren

This Monday, September 1st, marks the beginning of a new school year for 771 state and municipal education institutions in Latvia.

App developers in rush to seize iOS 8's new opportunities

After Apple presented its upcoming mobile operating system iOS 8 in June, developers of software applications have sought to shape apps in order to make use of iOS 8's new opportunities, which include today screen widgets, interactive notifications and adding photo editing functions to Apple's camera app.

Police investigate possible VAT fraud in relation to construction of Šlesers’ house

Finance Police of Latvian State Revenue Service is currently investigating a criminal case that was launched in relation to a possible value added tax fraud during the construction of the home of businessman and politician Ainārs Šlesers.

Economic Diary of Latvia. Tax relief for businessmen impacted by Russian embargo

This Tuesday, August 26th, Latvian Cabinet of Ministers reviewed and approved amendments to the Taxes and Duties Law, which provide businesses that have been impacted by the Russian embargo with an opportunity to extend the terms for paying tax debts up to five years.