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Prime Minister of Latvia: Russia is like an unpredictable alcoholic

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Russia is like an unpredictable alcoholic, said Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina on Friday. The head of the Latvian government commented on the threat to her country from Moscow in an interview for public radio. – We have built fortifications on the land border with Belarus, now we are building fortifications also on the border with Russia. We are strengthening military capabilities on our border, she added.

Prime Minister Latvia Evika Silina gave an interview to Latvian public radio LSM on Friday, in which she stated that “Russia is like an unpredictable alcoholic”, commenting on the security situation and the threat from its eastern neighbor.

The public broadcaster’s website assessed the head of government’s statement as an “interesting and undoubtedly correct analogy.” During the interview, Silina was asked whether the constant public assurances that Latvia and its eastern border are safe are counterproductive – making people feel less safe.

Vladimir PutinEPA/PAVEL GOLOVKIN

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– We live next to a neighbor who, one could say, is like an alcoholic or an addict whose actions we cannot predict. We must be aware that we live next door Russia, Belarus. Russia started war in Ukraine and we act according to a clear script. We have built fortifications on the land border with Belarus, and now we are building fortifications on the border also with Russia. We are strengthening military capabilities on our border, said the Prime Minister.

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– We have no reason to blame ourselves for insufficient action, added Silina, noting that compulsory military service has been restored in Latvia and defense spending has been increased. “Russian President Vladimir Putin is considered a teetotaler or almost teetotaler, so he cannot justify his actions even by being under the influence of alcohol,” we read on the website of the Latvian public broadcaster.

Main photo source: EPA/PAVEL GOLOVKIN



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