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Russian's Comments Rile Latvia
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9 March 2014 | JURIS KAŽA

Posted on 03/09/2014 3:40:49 PM PDT by COBOL2Java

RIGA, Latvia—Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Veshnyakov created a new wave of concern in Latvia with recent remarks saying it may soon become easier for ethnic Russians in Latvia to obtain Russian citizenship.

Mr. Veshnyakov told Latvian Radio 4, a Russian-language public broadcasting channel, that proposed legislation in Russia would allow granting Russian citizenship to ethnic Russians in Latvia to "save the Latvian noncitizens out of poverty by giving them citizenship and a pension without having to stay in Russia." Russians constitute 27.6% of Latvia's population of 2 million, the largest ethnic group among the minorities living in Latvia.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: latvia; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
Not all that different an excuse that Russia had given for their move into Crimea - wanting to "help" the ethnic Russians that lived there...

Latvia is, of course, a NATO member. A Crimea-type move against Latvia is an act of war against all NATO members, which means a risk of nuclear war.

This is, to put it mildly, not good. JMHO

1 posted on 03/09/2014 3:40:49 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java
BACK IN THE U.S.S.R
2 posted on 03/09/2014 3:43:49 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I guess it’s time for another happy hour at the White House?


3 posted on 03/09/2014 3:44:52 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java

Latvians hate the Russkies


4 posted on 03/09/2014 3:48:21 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: COBOL2Java
A Crimea-type move against Latvia is an act of war against all NATO members, which means a risk of nuclear war

I hope you don't believe, FOR A SECOND, that any NATO member West of the Oder would lift a finger to defend Latvia.

I sure don't.

More to the point, I hope the Letts don't believe it.

5 posted on 03/09/2014 3:49:02 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Latvians hate the Russkies


6 posted on 03/09/2014 3:50:59 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: COBOL2Java

Time for a strongly worded letter.... no that might offend them.... just a letter... no forget the letter. A round of golf!


7 posted on 03/09/2014 3:52:45 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks COBOL2Java.


8 posted on 03/09/2014 3:54:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: COBOL2Java

Heard today on TV that Ukraine was forced to give up their nuclear weapons in ‘94 under that Yeltsin-Clinton-Ukraine govt. head agreement...

Not a god move in light of what’s happening these days....


9 posted on 03/09/2014 3:57:11 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Yes, it is true.
Ukraine gave up their only bargaining chip for a “gentleman’s agreement” with Bill Clinton.


10 posted on 03/09/2014 4:04:50 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: COBOL2Java
What's the issue? Russia can grant citizenship to whomever it wants! This makes sense given the people in question are of Russian descent...and speak Russian.

It certainly makes more sense than granting US citizenship to Iraqis or muslims in general!

11 posted on 03/09/2014 4:11:50 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: OldCorps

Stain would like you.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 4:19:38 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: OldCorps

LOL! - Stalin would like you.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 4:21:13 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: VeniVidiVici
You are quick to jump to conclusions. I hate commies and think Stalin was a murderous thug as was Lenin and all the other commies who seized power.

BTW, i went to your home page. Did you serve in 5th ID? I was in 1/61 Inf.

14 posted on 03/09/2014 4:27:54 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

“Heard today on TV that Ukraine was forced to give up their nuclear weapons in ‘94 under that Yeltsin-Clinton-Ukraine govt. head agreement...

Not a god move in light of what’s happening these days....”
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Even our dear obama had a hand in that back in 2005.

https://web.archive.org/web/20080617231047/http://obama.senate.gov/press/070111-lugar-obama_non


15 posted on 03/09/2014 4:43:14 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Repeal The 17th
Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation Signed into Law by the President
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Printable Format

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lugar Contact: Andy Fisher, 202-224-2079, andy_fisher@lugar.senate.gov, http:// lugar.senate.gov
Obama Contact: Tommy Vietor, 202-228-5511, tommy_vietor@obama.senate.gov, http://obama.senate.gov
Date: January 11, 2007

Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation Signed into Law by the President

WASHINGTON – President Bush today signed the Lugar-Obama proliferation and threat reduction initiative into law.

Authored by U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), the Lugar-Obama initiative expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. It also expands the State Department's ability to detect and interdict weapons and materials of mass destruction.

"The United States should do more to eliminate conventional weapons stockpiles and assist other nations in detecting and interdicting weapons of mass destruction. We believe that these functions are underfunded, fragmented and in need of high-level support," said Lugar, Republican leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The Lugar-Obama initiative will help other nations find and eliminate conventional weapons that have been used against our own soldiers in Iraq and sought by terrorists all over the world," said Obama. "The Nunn-Lugar program has effectively disposed of thousands of weapons of mass destruction, but we must do far more to keep deadly conventional weapons like anti-aircraft missiles out of the hands of terrorists."

"We want to ensure that our government has the capacity to deal quickly with vulnerable stockpiles of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, otherwise known as Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS). Such weapons could be used by terrorists to attack commercial airliners, military installations and government facilities here at home and abroad. Al Qaeda reportedly has attempted to acquire MANPADS on a number of occasions," said Lugar.

The Lugar-Obama initiative would energize the U.S. program against unsecured, lightweight anti-aircraft missiles and other conventional weapons. There may be as many as 750,000 man-portable air defense systems in arsenals worldwide, and the State Department estimates that more than 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by such weapons since the 1970s. In addition, loose stocks of small arms and other weapons help fuel civil wars in Africa and elsewhere and provide the means for attacks on peacekeepers and aid workers seeking to stabilize war-torn societies. In Iraq, unsecured stockpiles of artillery shells and ammunition have been reconfigured into improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that have become an effective weapon for insurgents.

"Lugar-Obama would also strengthen the ability of America's allies to detect and interdict illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, a critical step in securing these weapons before they ever fall into the hands of terrorists that has not been a focus of current anti-terrorism efforts," Obama said.

Lugar and Obama traveled together to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan in August 2005 to oversee a number of Nunn-Lugar projects. In Ukraine they saw a conventional weapons facility that is typical of the focus of the new legislation.

The Lugar-Obama initiative is modeled after the Nunn-Lugar program that focuses on weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) authored the program in 1991. It has provided U.S. funding and expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its enormous stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials, and delivery systems. Among many accomplishments, the program has deactivated 7,000 nuclear warheads and reemployed 58,000 scientists in peaceful research. Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan are nuclear weapons free as a result of cooperative efforts under the Nunn-Lugar program. They otherwise would be the world's the third, fourth and eighth largest nuclear weapons powers, respectively.

16 posted on 03/09/2014 4:50:11 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: OldCorps

If they want to be Russian citizens, they can move to Russia.


17 posted on 03/09/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT by Clemenza (Lurking)
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To: COBOL2Java

Well, Putin offered Russian citizenship to that French actor - what’s his name - who didn’t want to pay his taxes. Watch out France. The Russians are coming.


18 posted on 03/09/2014 5:18:02 PM PDT by BusterBear
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Nope.
You have to go all the way back to 14JAN1994.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 5:23:47 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Jim Noble

Well, Latvia is a dues-paying member of NATO.


20 posted on 03/09/2014 5:29:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: OldCorps

Sorry. Was trying to make the point that Stalin was probably responsible for that many Russians being in Latvia to begin with.

Yup. I was in the 105th MI Bn / 5th ID.


21 posted on 03/09/2014 5:35:17 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: COBOL2Java
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
22 posted on 03/09/2014 6:20:56 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: COBOL2Java

Doesn’t Mexico do the same for the Mexican here with Obama’s full blessing?


23 posted on 03/09/2014 6:23:52 PM PDT by aquila48
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“Well, Latvia is a dues-paying member of NATO”

As my grandmother would say, were she here, “that and a dime will get you on the subway”.


24 posted on 03/09/2014 6:31:52 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: COBOL2Java

I assumed that the Russians would wait to Czechoslovakia Ukraine before moving on our Baltic NATO members . Evidently the revanchist and irridentist regime of is even more sanguine than I feared.


25 posted on 03/09/2014 8:49:07 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: rmlew

It’s WW3 in the making and people here are masturbating to shirtless Putin because he makes Bambi looks like an idiot. I wouldn’t believe If I didn’t see it with my own eyes.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 5:02:47 AM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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