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Latvian general about a possible conflict with Russia. The Latvian military said that the republic’s army is capable of surprising Russia or any other enemy

Latvian general about a possible conflict with Russia

The Latvian military said that the republic’s army is capable of surprising Russia or any other enemy in the event of an attack on it. He is confident that the country's armed forces intensified after the state joined NATO. At the same time, the Russian expert pointed to the Russophobic rhetoric of the general, as well as his country's dependence on the United States and the North Atlantic alliance.

Latvian Brigadier General Ilmars Lejins told Ir magazine (“Is”) that “you need to fight in other places” in order not to have to fight in your own country. For this, according to him, it is necessary to divert Russia's attention in different directions.

“Our hostility to the troops of the USSR grew into hostility to the troops as such. I think that a very big challenge at the very beginning was a lack of understanding by the political elite and, perhaps, also by society, why we need an army. They say it makes no sense ... The Border Guard, the civil guards of the “Zemessardze” - let it be that the monument will be installed and still guarded the border, to look for the bandits. No one thought beyond that, ”said the general.

Leggins also spoke about Latvia’s path to a dream - membership in  NATO - which it has been moving since the late 1990s.

  • Then, as he noted, the Latvian armed forces were “a club of self-satisfaction to engage in military parades, and that’s all”, but since then, he said, the power of the Latvian army has increased significantly.

  • Levins also recalled the military campaign in Georgia, which he called the “Russian invasion”. In his opinion, the conflict helped Latvia to "do the homework." As the general assures, after the Latvian Defense Ministry learned to use a limited amount of funds, the agency "does not need a major overhaul."

  • On the night of August 7, 2008, the armed conflict began in South Ossetia. According to the position of the Georgian leadership, the country's army restored constitutional order in the territory of the unrecognized republic at that time. Soon enough Russia joined in the conflict, whose peacekeepers operated in the region. Russia categorically denies any accusations in the attack on Georgia. In an interview with Kommersant, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev explained that the actions of former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili had led to the 2008 conflict. “If it were not for the irresponsible, immoral, criminal behaviour of Saakashvili and his henchmen, there would be no war,” he noted. Also, Medvedev stressed that Russia, reflecting the aggression of Georgia, was not going to "execute Saakashvili."

  • Lejinsh in a conversation with the publication paid Russia special attention. In his opinion, the “Kremlin regime” uses the victory in the Great Patriotic War for its legitimization. He is confident that Moscow is ready to use any funds to establish in Latvia the “order it wants”. In this regard, he called on everyone in Latvia to take part in a “comprehensive defence”. In the information space, he set as an example of the neighbouring Lithuania, which banned the retransmission of "Kremlin propaganda." "This is completely normal, I personally do not understand, SMOs him we still did not do it" - he wondered.

The Latvian military also called the maintenance of Ukraine and Georgia necessary, because, in his words, Russia will have “more directions”, and this is beneficial for Latvia.

“So that they have to think about Georgia, Ukraine, the Arctic, China,” said Beijing.

The general also expressed confidence that in the event of a confrontation with Russia or another country, Latvia would be able to surprise its adversary.

“We, too, can, as in judo and aikido, use the power of the enemy to our advantage. Russia will always, always consider Latvia to be insignificant militarily - but this is our strength. In principle, I would like the Russians to always think more or less that way. <...> I am sure that our military power now - and even more in the future - is such that we are shocked by it in the very first days [of the conflict], ”the Latvian military said.

At the same time, he believes that to “establish influence” of Russia, it is not necessary to start a war: you can influence diplomatically, economically or through culture.

Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, political scientist Leonid Krutakov in an interview with Sputnik Latvia pointed out his Russophobic views.

Also, according to the expert, the statements of the military show that his country is not independent.

  • “Russophobia is today one of the ways of existence of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine. This is a way to get subsidies, all sorts of preferences because in fact they now serve as a buffer or sanitary cordon, the West pays them that, ”Krutakov is sure.

  • He stressed that in an interview with Leiinsh, statements about the important role of NATO and the allies for Latvia are constantly traced. This, in the opinion of the political scientist, indicates the complete lack of independence of the republic. Krutakov admitted that being a part of the USSR, Latvia “ministered” to Russia, and nevertheless received more from the Soviet Union than gave it to him. But now everything is the other way around: “after serving” NATO and the United States, as a result, the country suffers from industry degradation and demographic problems, Krutakov called attention.

  • Shortly before the interview with the Latvian military, the former foreign minister of the republic, Janis Jurkans, said in an interview with the NRA that the Latvian authorities should stop scaring the population with the “Russian threat”, otherwise the Baltic republic will have negative consequences.

  • He believes that with such intimidation the authorities justify the high military spending. And this, according to him, is beneficial for the United States, because in this way Washington has much to dispose of obsolete weapons. Jurkans suggested that the Latvian authorities direct budget funds to more important goals, such as education.

The ex-minister also expressed the opinion that the situation in Latvia will not improve until Riga resorts to diplomacy in relations with its eastern neighbour.

  • “Our geographical situation is one of our greatest natural wealth. And this is where our big markets are, this is our security. If we continue to frighten our inhabitants by the fact that the “Russians are coming” and not trying to understand what is happening with their neighbours and use diplomacy as a tool to improve relations not only with the political elite but also with the Russian people themselves, then we will lose. We will always feel the side of Russia, so it's better if this side is warm, ”stated Jurgens.

  • Moscow has repeatedly pointed to the groundlessness of fears that Russia might attack one of the NATO countries. The head of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that the alliance is well aware that Russia has no such plans, and such statements are only used to enhance the grouping of the military bloc in the Baltic States.

  • At the end of June last year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a field meeting of the board of the ministry in Sevastopol expressed the opinion that against the background of “hysteria of the leadership of the Baltic countries and Poland about the alleged Russian aggression against them”, NATO is increasing its military contingent in the Baltic States, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria In a few years, according to the head of the department, he grew from 2 thousand to 15 thousand people. And during the period of the exercise, this number reaches 40-60 thousand troops. At the same time, the Russian side does not increase the composition of the troops in the region.

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