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Zatlers: Lembergs expresses himself in Russian propaganda style

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy discrediting NATO forces in Latvia, Lembergs plays in favour of Russian imperial forces, said ex-President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers in his interview to Labrīt programme of Latvijas Radio.

He noted that Lembergs has shown his attitude not only towards allies, but also Latvia’s safety in general with his recent statements. ‘It is a matter of attitude towards the safety of our country and the people who are called to protect us […] Do people who live in our country speak about things the same way Russian propaganda suggests?’ – lsm.lv cites Zatlers’ rhetorical question.

Zatlers added that ‘such statements are in a style typical for Russian propaganda’. He also said that the conflict involving Dutch sailors is not serious.

It should be said, however, there have been multiple incidents in Ventspils last week involving sailors who are part of the ‘Open Spirit 2014’ mine-hunting operation. A Dutch sailor was seriously injured and was hospitalized in Ziemelkurzeme Regional Hospital after suffering a blunt force trauma to the head.

Hendrik Gerrit Cornelis van den Dool notes that this particular incident is being investigated by the Military Police and State Police. He added that sides should not announce provocative assumptions until details of what actually happened are uncovered. ‘Neither I, nor Mr. Lembergs were present at the incident,’ – said the diplomat.

‘Many different incidents can occur in Ventspils. However, we should keep in mind that the city’s Mayor is responsible for its security,’ – said the ambassador, noting the state of the 21-year-old Dutch sailor is serious.

Lembergs’ recent statements were criticized by Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis. In the previous elections, Lembergs was the party’s Mayor candidate. Now it seems that the party is doing all it can to distance itself from the criminally accused Mayor of Ventspils.

‘Aivars Lembergs’ statements regarding NATO’s military presence in Latvia and its comparison with military occupation, as well as Lembergs’ decision to demand an apology from NATO Secretary General to Latvia and Latvian people falls against Latvia’s security interests and creates risks for state security,’ – said Vejonis.

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma condemns Lembergs’ statements and irresponsible rhetoric in regard to the presence of NATO forces in Latvia. ‘NATO soldiers arrived in Latvia following an invitation from the Latvian government. Considering the complicated situation in the world, which formed following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the presence of the military alliance in Latvia is more important than it has ever been. NATO soldiers are also Latvia’s soldiers. They are present in Latvia to act as protectors of Latvia’s population,’ – said the PM.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    Lemburg expresses an opinion that is at odds with the politically correct, possibly minority who do not look askance at the ‘NATO occupation’ of their country. As such, criticism should not be dismissed as pro-Russian propaganda.

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  2. Andrej says:

    Valdis Zatlers is correct in his statement!
    Lemburgs is supporter of Russian propaganda 100%

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