Tag: Latvia

Does Putin Plan to Test NATO in Latvia?

April 22, 2014

Staunton, April 21 – Latvia may be as prepared as any small country next to a very large one to defend itself against a military invasion. It has a modernized military, albeit one trained for peacekeeping rather than national defense, and it is a member of NATO, on whose Article Five Latvians rely. At least, […]

A New Non-Recognition Policy is Needed Now for Crimea

April 8, 2014

Staunton, April 8 – The United States and the West must put in place an updated version of the non-recognition policy they applied to the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to underscore our outrage at the use of Russian brute force in Ukraine to annex part or all of a neighboring state and […]

Moscow Must Recognize It Has Lost Baltic Countries At Least for Now, Regnum Editor Says

April 7, 2014

Staunton, April 7 In the wake of the Crimean crisis, a senior editor of Russia’s Regnum news agency says, the three Baltic countries have become even more geopolitically significant than they were for both Russia and the West, but because of its own policy failures, Russia has lost any significant influence in Estonia, Latvia, and […]

Putin Draws His Own ‘Red Lines’ across Post-Soviet Space

March 27, 2014

Staunton, March 27 – The Western powers have long talked about “red lines” in Syria and elsewhere: actions or events that they say have suggested underscore their concern and indicate where they will act. Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin has done the same, and his “red lines” underscore that his moves in Ukraine are part […]

Why Should We Care About Crimea? Interpreter Podcast: March 19 2014

March 19, 2014

In this week’s edition of The Interpreter Podcast, Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller speaks with New York University’s Andrew S. Bowen about Ukraine: Why should we care, how does it effect the West, and what happens next? See our Ukraine front page for the latest news and analysis. Click here to hear our previous podcasts. […]

How Yanukovych Pillaged Ukraine

March 3, 2014

In Ukraine, the images of Berkut riot police fighting protestors on Kiev’s Maidan have been replaced by ones of the officers on their knees asking for forgiveness. And while Ukraine seeks to compose itself, questions have emerged in the wake of the fall of the government. The unifying objective of ousting Yanukovych has been replaced […]

Latvian Decision to Ban Denial of “Soviet Occupation” Violates UN Charter

February 13, 2014

Tensions between Latvia and Russia have been growing, especially since Latvia has just joined the Eurozone. Prominent Latvians have accused Russia of using “soft power” to influence internal affairs. Now, Latvia has banned the justification or denial of either Nazi or Soviet occupation during World War II. In other words, Latvia is attempting to establish […]

Interview With EU Ambassador to Russia: Part 1

February 3, 2014

A pro-Kremlin Russian media outlet, Kommersant, has held a question and answer session with the EU’s ambassador to Russia, Vygaudas Ušackas, in which they discuss relations between Moscow and Brussels. This is the first part of the interview. The second part can be found here. – Ed. Several days before the latest Russian-European Union (EU) […]

Latvia Will Miss the Paralympic Games in Sochi Due to Lack of Funds

January 15, 2014

RIGA, January 15. The Latvian national team will not take part in the Winter Paralympic games in Sochi because of insufficient funding from the state. This was reported to the media by the president of the national paralympic committee, Daiga Dadzīte. “There is not money,” said Dadzīte in an interview with radio Baltkom, speaking of […]

Latvia: the Next Cyprus?

July 29, 2013

Earlier this month, EU finance ministers gave their approval for Latvia to become the eighteenth member of the Euro in January 2014. It seems counterintuitive that the country of two million people would want to enter the perpetually distressed and recession-stricken economic zone. But for Latvia it has a variety of benefits, not the least […]