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Russia could not respond to Latvian Russophobia

Russia could not respond to Latvian Russophobia

Tags: Latvia, the Baltic States, Russia, Politics, Media, EU, Europe, Rights, Economy, Sanctions, Port, Railway

Last year it seemed that the right way to educate the Baltic Pugs was found. The same Riga already in 2018 year had time to recognize that the Baltic countries suffered "impressive financial losses" when Russia responded to sanctions against it. At the same time, most of all Latvia suffered.

This, of course, is a trifle - the fact that on New Year's holidays the authorities of Latvia decided to deport the next Russian journalists from the country. Even the fact that they turned out to be a family of TV men who came to Riga for tourist purposes, that they sent the couple separately, that Olga Kurlaeva, an employee of VGTRK, was not allowed into the plane, but was taken to the border with the Pskov region and simply landed, gives only additional paint to background, but no more.

A background one - Russophobic

Yes, another fact of unfriendliness will not even become a noticeable smear against the general background. On that and without that dominates the black color.

And what to do with it? This, after all, is just tedious. A country that is too shallow, peripheral, but at the same time, anger and aggressiveness are compared with a pug under the feet, it seems, does not miss a single case to pester Russia. But what about Russia?

The answer, which was issued by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova, you will not name exemplary.

It is absolutely clear that the Latvian authorities with the silent support of Brussels are pursuing the goal of completely sweeping out the country's information space from unwanted media, "she said. - The official Riga directly and roughly violates its international legal obligations in the field of ensuring freedom of expression, violates the fundamental acts of the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

So what? The Council of Europe will make Latvia atata?

We will seek the appropriate response of the relevant international institutions, "Zakharova promised. - We call upon non-governmental organizations specializing in freedom of speech to give an adequate assessment of Latvia's actions, unthinkable for a democratic society.

Maria Zakharova

Will they give it? One must think that Maria Zakharova herself does not believe in it. And then, from evaluation to punishment, to striking hands, so that it was not possible, the distance is great. And it will certainly not be Russia. Our country is once again tapped for the leg, but all that she can - is to appeal to the owner of the pug with admonitions of varying degrees ...

Then, perhaps, to hit on a pocket?

It seemed the right way was found

Last year it seemed that the right way to educate the Baltic Pugs was found. The same Riga already in 2018 year had time to recognize that the Baltic countries suffered "impressive financial losses" when Russia responded to sanctions against it. At the same time, most of all Latvia suffered.

The figures vary - from hundreds of millions to billions of euros, which is explained by the complexity of taking into account the losses of direct and indirect losses, and attempts by the Baltic regimes to hide the truth. But the figures, perhaps, are not as important as the qualitative situation in the economy. Namely: money is getting less, the economy is squandering, skilled labor is leaving the country, which is why the economy is shrinking not only quantitatively but also qualitatively, after that the inflow of taxes is reduced, and the growth of debts is swelling more and more.

The basis of the economy of the same Latvia continues to be mediation, both commodity-transit and financial. The REGNUM news agency cited the assessment of the expert, the president of the association "Baltic Association - Transport and Logistics" Inga Antane, who stated:

Transit of Latvia for 80 percent consists of Russian cargoes. Think about what it means for Latvia. In a year, these goods bring us about a billion euros.

And that's literally last year this country literally shook either the fact, or just a conversation that the company "Russian Railways" (RZD) refused to transport part of the cargo from Russia through the Latvian ports. Under the restriction were oil products, mineral fertilizers, coal and metal. Actually, this is all - more through Latvia, Russia does not carry anything special.

Rail freight

Representatives of Russian Railways responded that they did not impose any restrictions on transit, but they somehow did not believe much, and the press reported that the transit of oil products, coal and metal by rail in 2017 fell by 90%. Against the backdrop of statements by other state-owned companies, primarily oil companies, that they will refuse to export products through the Baltic States by the time they load 2018, loading their native Russian ports in the Baltic - Ust-Luga and Primorsk - this was a formidable sign. Riga immediately reduced the tone, and after completing these statements, the threat that Belarusian petroleum products would be exported through Russian ports, and almost did not hang a tail.

The right path seemed to be found.

Not everything is simple

But not everything was so simple. Both for objective and subjective reasons.

Well, for example, the same port in Ust-Luga is not only shallow, but also heavily infiltrated by silt. For the industry's insiders, sad remembrance remains of how the ceremonial event for the opening of the new terminal in the presence of very good guests turned out to be crumpled. It turned out that the loaded ship could not go to sea, because it simply lay on the ground ...

For its part, the port in Riga is deep-water, and besides, unlike the ports in the Gulf of Finland, it does not freeze almost never.

The second round of reasons is of a commercial nature. The thing is, one of the informed sources in the industry explained to "Tsargrad" that Russian entrepreneurs had invested quite heavily in the Baltic ports. For example, the port of Sillamäe is generally a joint project of Russian and Estonian business. And in the port of Riga a fairly large terminal was built by one of the largest producers of mineral fertilizers in Russia - Uralkhim. And he is not going to throw it, the source said, even if direct commands from the Kremlin follow. Moreover, the first three positions in the list of 500 leaders of Latvia in terms of turnover are occupied by Russian subsidiaries of large chemical companies: Uralkali SIA Uralkali Trading and Uralchem ​​SIA Uralchem ​​Trading.

They are well attached to the local conditions, the source said. They not only export chemicals and fertilizers, but also sell to Latvian farmers. And the construction of terminals is credited to local banks, which in fact means European. "Everyone is cynically profitable," the source said, adding that neither sanctions nor counter-sanctions to this business were seriously hampered, especially since firms from Switzerland and offshore companies participate in it.

In addition, another source explained to "Tsargrad", in principle Russia has already scooped up its opportunities to reduce transit or is close to that. On the complete blockade of the Baltic countries, it is not yet a question, because it will be unprofitable for Russia itself. Therefore, the situation with the punishment of Riga, Vilnius or Tallinn for anti-Russian actions really looks like a hopeless one. The Baltic "pugs" know that the louder they bark, the sooner they will give money, because this is included in the price of a deal with the West to "stop," "discard," "punish" Russia. For the same money throws the West and the regime in Kiev.

Roughly speaking, they are barking at Moscow, because they ask. And Moscow knows that it can not stop this barking on its own: the opportunities for a relatively painless for itself deprivation of the "pugs" of transit are squeezed almost to an end, and Russian capital does not want to completely leave the Baltic states, not being convinced that it needs anything at all.

Pokrovsky Alexander
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