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Latvian Foreign Minister on the Ukraine war and his country's Soviet legacy | DW Interview

  • Published on Jun 7, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Edgars Rinkēvičs sat down with DW's Moscow Bureau chief Juri Rescheto to discuss the impact Russia's invasion of Ukraine is having on security in the Baltic states, and European cohesion. Watch the exclusive interview here.
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Comments • 442

  • Phillip Gunnell
    Phillip Gunnell 3 months ago +134

    Well said. A great leader. Latvia is fortunate to have him. He has the right perspective and a pulse on the now.

    • Joe McArdle
      Joe McArdle 3 months ago +2

      Finnish & Estonian leaders are great also - IMHO

  • isoljator
    isoljator 3 months ago +79

    As a Finn I can understand Rinkēvičs' historical notions well. He sounds like a sensible politician representing a modern Baltic state wanting to evade the risk of Russian aggression. I think his message to those "german intellectuals" was dead-on as well.

    • Drake Lang
      Drake Lang 3 months ago

      ALSO put in north american intellectuals chomsky, messerschmidt, jordan petersen etc...

    • 18rabbit
      18rabbit 3 months ago

      @Drake Lang & the bulk of the ultraconservative political class/players here (USa) as well. Some of them are even definable as subversive (as in actual treacherous behavior even if partly unknowingly done), at this point in time, with the risks present now.

  • Emily W
    Emily W 3 months ago +28

    I respect this man. I am glad we are getting to know Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonian leaders and more about Finland too. Eastern Europe is rich in good people...and a great strength to the democracies because they know what it is like to not have democracy but authoritarian dictators.

  • Carlo N.
    Carlo N. 3 months ago +24

    I concur 💯% in what he said the security of Europe and the world will change if Ukraine loses this war. And if you don’t stop the aggressor, the aggression will continue.

  • Nathan Mather
    Nathan Mather 3 months ago +130

    I absolutely love this guy. Latvia cannot afford false, feel-good conceits.

  • Shahida Nusrat
    Shahida Nusrat 3 months ago +77

    As a Pakistani I fully support love and respect Latvia and it's beautiful people from Pakistan 🙂

    • Dina young
      Dina young 3 months ago +3

      Russia use to destroy Pakistani too.

    • mikethk
      mikethk 3 months ago

      Pakistan is really one of those countries i like to visit the most.

    • Latvia Balkānu mūzika
      Latvia Balkānu mūzika 3 months ago

      Greetings to Pakistan 🇵🇰 from Latvia 🇱🇻

  • S. Kraus
    S. Kraus 3 months ago +35

    Very nice speech. Have heard a lot of very good ones from Baltic poltiticians in the recent months.

  • Leshic
    Leshic 3 months ago +40

    Great inverview.
    I wish so much of it wasn't cut out. It feels like a 1hr interview, cut down to 15min.
    He's a very sharp and wise man. There's a lot to learn from somebody with so much experience.
    It's really a shame to miss out on so much because of editing.

  • cYYAN!
    cYYAN! 3 months ago +71

    I have nothing but the outmost respect for the baltic states. Scandinavia for sure stands by you all. In the 90s Denmark fought very hard to get our friends into the EU as fast as possible and we will forever have your back. We got more than 2500 soldiers there now with 30 leopard 2A7 and majority our F16's.

    • My Njeri
      My Njeri 3 months ago +8

      As a German and as a gender neutral being, i thank great United States for blowing up our Nord Stream pipelines. Since we lost our manliness after WW2, we always had this fantasy to be spanked by uncle Sam on a daily basis.

    • Croco Lagerfelden
      Croco Lagerfelden 3 months ago +10

      Your support is very much appreciated. Scandinavia, the Nordics, the Baltics should stand together for the sake of our own common good - security, peace and prosperity!

  • T Berlin
    T Berlin 3 months ago +31

    What a great and wise prime minister! Latvia can be proud of such a leader!

      KANAŁ SENIORA 3 months ago

      Says who? Biden: good doggie, good doggie. Have a snack and give a voice.🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • KL
      KL 3 months ago +2

      @KANAŁ SENIORA what in the world are you talking about? are you into fuzzies? 🤷‍♂️

  • mikethk
    mikethk 3 months ago +17

    I like this Latvia leader. Totally support his perspective. From Denmark.

  • tragicrhythm
    tragicrhythm 3 months ago +121

    Hearing the POV of a border nation to Russia that has experienced Soviet occupation was rather informative, probably should also serve as a warning. They are like the canaries in a coal mine.

    • Carol Miller
      Carol Miller 3 months ago +5

      But all we have to do is look at what Putin has said - he wants to return to "soviet union".

    • Frida Kahlo
      Frida Kahlo 3 months ago +3

      They have been warning for years and nobody listened. They heard "you are oversensitive and rusophobic". I's called own experience.

  • Rankedscrub
    Rankedscrub 3 months ago +52

    The correct answer for the Latvians Fm is this, Latvia wants to be a singular sovereign country and the Russian speakers who believe that Latvia should be conquered by Russia are not Latvians, they're Russians who want their country Russia to be invading neighboring nations that they live in without consequences. That's a hard no from every other person who doesn't want that to happen, the Ukrainians are embodying the hard No and others have to emulate that level of national cohesion and resolve to resist imperialist ideology.

    • Die Nar
      Die Nar 3 months ago +1

      Is this true for all English speaking people aligned to the British monarchy or American corporate colonialism?

    • VVayVVard
      VVayVVard 3 months ago +20

      ​@Die Nar Personally, I can't say I've ever come across an English-speaking person living in a former colony who openly advocated having the UK reconquer their lost territories. Meanwhile Russian nationalists are a problem―the Kremlin has used them as an excuse for military intervention time and time again, first in Moldova, then Georgia, Crimea, the Donbas and now the entirety of Ukraine. And before that it took Eastern Finland, Kaliningrad and the Kuril Islands―all of which are now underdeveloped compared to the countries they were taken from. Russia is basically a tumor that only exists to grow bigger, for no purpose, without ever developing into anything functional.

    • Ineke A knoeff
      Ineke A knoeff 3 months ago +2

      @Die Nar haha, you make a real silly comparison. The situation is now and here and has to do was war and dictatorship.....is that English? It seems the situation to you is abracadabra.

  • Philip Dennis
    Philip Dennis 3 months ago +18

    Much respect to the Latvian Leader and their wonderful people who never forgot the past!

    • Ryan Kwan
      Ryan Kwan 3 months ago +1

      Foreign Minister, not leader.

  • LA
    LA 3 months ago +7

    A great prime minister. He nailed it when he equated with the idea of 'negotiations' with the petition for Ukraine's surrender. Exactly.

  • eeyore345
    eeyore345 3 months ago +10

    I really like this gentleman, every sentence is well thought out and no beating around the bush. Factual. Calm, collected.

  • Hit Rapper and Artist Dababy

    Well mannered, diplomatic, not aqqusatory but acknowledging the underlying issues while also not throwing anyone under the bus. Very much respect for this man

  • Mariana Cabrera
    Mariana Cabrera 3 months ago +37

    Such a great interview!

  • Emmot Curran
    Emmot Curran 3 months ago +43

    An intelligent and thoughtful leader

  • jur a
    jur a 3 months ago +13

    Greetings from Latvija, proud to have such Foreign Minister.

    • Von Trapp
      Von Trapp 3 months ago +2

      My wife and daughter are Latvian. Love your country man! Lived in riga for two years and sigulda for one

  • Khan Industries
    Khan Industries 3 months ago +37

    That really is a great way to put it. "Somehow, we all lived in the 1990s for too long."

    • squeakyclean
      squeakyclean 3 months ago

      More precisely, people who are old enough to remember those times, not all of us. Younger generation including me who has been born right after collapse of USSR can't really compare it with nowadays. And in all honesty these nostalgic talks from parents and the elderly of how grass was greener in soviet union at the very least seem weird or just makes people mad to hear it over and over.
      Regardless of how good or bad it was you gotta change the track from time to time and you definitely don't want to make the same music all the time, it's boring.

    • David Kottman
      David Kottman 3 months ago

      ​@squeakycleanAll older people remember the past fondly, because we were young, healthier, & looking forward to a future. As we age, we our future fades & all we have is the past. It's why every generation everywhere has some tendency to glorify the past.

  • Robert Miskey
    Robert Miskey 3 months ago +3

    Thank the Lord for Latvia and its perspective on the situation. All western leaders hesitating or siting on the fence should be watching this video.

  • Drerri KA
    Drerri KA 3 months ago +60

    well spoken, well said

  • Hardy von Winterstein
    Hardy von Winterstein 3 months ago +11

    Great minister from a great country. Smart man thinking realistically. We have those a lot in Europe. Latvia is a member of both the EU and NATO. So, they're as safe as you can be, living next to the Russian Federation.

  • Kordi Yishu
    Kordi Yishu 3 months ago +37

    Latvia is a strong country...👍🏻👍🏻

    • SonyJimable
      SonyJimable 3 months ago

      Don't worry, the hold on Latvia is strong.

  • Jeremy Martin Torres
    Jeremy Martin Torres 3 months ago +19

    This guy is very perceptive and eloquent! And he kinda sounds like Snape. Win-win. I wish every foreign minister is like him.

  • Mightko
    Mightko 3 months ago +5

    Edgars Rinkēvičs is very smart and objective. Everything he said is objectively correct and true! He answers all questions calmly and clearly. Wish more European leaders/politicians follows him.

  • Dок Watson
    Dок Watson 3 months ago +31

    very well said. good for you Mr Minister!!!

    • My Njeri
      My Njeri 3 months ago +1

      As a German and as a gender neutral being, i thank great United States for blowing up our Nord Stream pipelines. Since we lost our manliness after WW2, we always had this fantasy to be spanked by uncle Sam on a daily basis.

    • Eimi Savage Official
      Eimi Savage Official 3 months ago

      Lol...r u drunk

  • Jose aca
    Jose aca 3 months ago +16

    I think the foreign minister has a good point regarding optics, if tou look at the raw numbers, Germany has provided a lot of help to Ukraine, both humanitarian and military
    But the WAY they do it always look indecisive and reluctant, when the UK and the US were donating anti-tank missiles, germany was donating helmets
    When germany donated gepards, they did so late and with lots of bureocracy regarding ammo
    And heres the thing, those helmets saved lives, the Gepard turned out to be surprisingly effective when russia started to deploy kamikaze drones, not to mention other deliveries like the PzH2000, which is a world class artillery piece, unmatched by anything the russians have, so the help WAS useful
    Politics is often both about actions AND words, Germany is considered the one of the leaders of Europe, if not THE leader, i think other countries expected them to act like it, in a decisive manner

    • Hidden Dragon
      Hidden Dragon 3 months ago +1

      Reluctance to alienate Russia and future cheap Gas deals Reluctance to take responsibility as the economic powerhouse of Europe and spend their share. Other less rich countries have donated more per GDP to Ukraine than Germany.

    • nebesk
      nebesk 3 months ago

      @Hidden Dragon If you believe that it's possible to alienate the largest country in terms of area, with the biggest natural resources and the second biggest arms export quantities, you simply don't see how diverse the world is and how many different national interests and histories, which hugely impact people's views on international affairs, there are.

    • Hidden Dragon
      Hidden Dragon 3 months ago +1

      @nebesk So you suggest appeasement with a Despot who only respects strength. That simply doesn't work. You are failing to appreciate if Putin's Empire restoring adventure is not contained to Ukraine and more countries are attacked it dramatically increases the chance of WW3. Its exactly the same scenario as the 1939s Munich Peace in our time fallacy.

  • Mini Max, Mia and me.
    Mini Max, Mia and me. 3 months ago +2

    Latvia is a beautiful country but the Soviet past is very obvious when you visit. Excellent political interview, seems like a very enlightened leader.

  • Milton Bradley Voice of the Mummy

    🙏🕊🌻🔱 Very Interesting Viewpoint! Ukraine is Strong! Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes! The World Stays Committed! 🔱🌻🕊🙏

  • Noel D
    Noel D 3 months ago +9

    He is right...we have been going around like it's the 90s for too long.

  • Roman Stingler
    Roman Stingler 3 months ago +6

    I can agree Nordic and Baltic States have great leaders.

  • A.I. Online 📣 🤖
    A.I. Online 📣 🤖 3 months ago +18

    Former occupied countries by soviets should well remember way of life back then. Its horrific ! Eastern Germany, Hungary, Czech republic, Baltic states . Never again
    We will fight 💪

  • Cristian Boldisor
    Cristian Boldisor 3 months ago +1

    We did not necessarily live in the '90's . The main problem is that the views on Russia depended heavily on how far west you are.For a country like France, for example the relationship with Russia was completely different than for a country right near Russia's border.
    Western Europe did not really care about Russia so much, at least not until recently. The Ukrainian war was like a wake-up call.

  • Anton333
    Anton333 3 months ago +1

    The Latvian FM is very well balanced in his analysis and comments. It shows Latvians can think for themselves and are their own country and are not Russia, they are peaceful Europeans.

  • allgood
    allgood 3 months ago +2

    " Not much", the man knows his history and has an accurate perspective of the truth of Russian collective thought.

  • squeakyclean
    squeakyclean 3 months ago +2

    Gotta admit, latvians have longed for someone in government who can talk adequately in english.

  • sugoidessho
    sugoidessho 3 months ago +4

    I particularly enjoyed his deft dismantling of leftist German intellectuals arguments re negotiations and ending arms assistance to Ukraine. Put simply, directly and with perfect precision. Like an arrow hitting the bullseye.

  • edmund
    edmund 3 months ago +1

    Spoken with no filters. I love it.

    • Roberta Andersone
      Roberta Andersone 3 months ago

      No Latvian speaks with filters! Especially not about tyrants.

  • Travellingisagift
    Travellingisagift 3 months ago +2

    I like listening to him. He is a very good leader.

  • Carol Miller
    Carol Miller 3 months ago +4

    I agree and this is my impression - too little, too late. Trying to play nice and Be Decent when a War Criminal evil strong arm is coming at you. Give Ukraine what they need and everything they need.

  • The Doctor.A.S
    The Doctor.A.S 3 months ago +1

    Colour me impressed by the nuanced and intelligence of this FM.

  • Dzintra Rowe
    Dzintra Rowe 3 months ago +1

    I think living in the Baltics right now is a frightening time. I am Latvian/American and with Belarus and Russia breathing down their necks, they need total assistance from Nato if they have any hopes to survive. I am in USA because of the Russian occupation in WWII. My parents were heartbroken to leave their Latvian homeland. I pray people don't lose sight of what it means if Russian take over Ukraine because I don't think they'll stop there.

    • Lauris
      Lauris 3 months ago

      In first 2 weeks when war started. I couldn't sleep. Cause i toguth that Ukraine will fall. But after 1 year war is still going on. I don't think Russia will want to test NATO waters. But then again, we can't be 100% sure that NATO countries will help us. (Baltics) And Russia probably thinks the same. Without NATO help, it would be over for us..

    • SIA surveillance van
      SIA surveillance van Month ago

      @Lauris Jebkas lai notiktu, mani vairāk pievelk Krievijas okupācija nevis Rietumu okupācija. Nāvi ES!

    COGITORIUM 3 months ago +2

    Western Europeans: we don't get it, Putin must've gone mad, nobody could have foreseen this horrible war
    Eastern Europeans: we knew this was gonna happen and we warned you multiple times

  • Charlene Terrell
    Charlene Terrell 3 months ago +4

    I just noticed Russia comes forward with information with a bad agenda attached and it's another reason why things go rough.

  • Faust Von Barley
    Faust Von Barley 3 months ago +41

    Latvia won't give up as long as Ukraine isn't. Cope and seethe, vatņiks. :) Btw, the glorifying obelisk in our capital crashing down was glorious. Finally put down to rest.

  • Jarod 1999
    Jarod 1999 3 months ago +1

    2:10 he’s said that as the issues is better then anyone, we made a mistake in how we handled Russia’s government all these years.

  • hans ericsson
    hans ericsson 3 months ago +9

    Både Estland och Lettland verkar ha väldigt kompetenta utrikesministrar.

  • First Last
    First Last 3 months ago +14

    Germany is actually doing pretty well. Including EU commitments Germany is the second largest finical supporter of Ukraine

    • Hidden Dragon
      Hidden Dragon 3 months ago +10

      Yet in GDP contribution to Ukraine Germany ranks 14th. You comment is meaningless.

    • Adriano Celentano
      Adriano Celentano 3 months ago +9

      That´s probably true. If there is such thing as a historical guilt for Germany, then right now we have a chance to pay it off. This time Ukraine is fighting fascism.

    • First Last
      First Last 3 months ago +4

      @Adriano Celentano agree, yet, people keep pooping on Germany while France and Italy do nothing. Both France and Italy deserve scrutiny. Just ask perun.

    • Michael Mazowiecki
      Michael Mazowiecki 3 months ago +5

      Germany has the lowest % of GDP spend on defense of any NATO country. The current Bundeswehr has admitted it is in no state to defend its country.

  • Hope Forbetter
    Hope Forbetter 3 months ago +13

    I’m an ignorant, just recently learned how much hardship was imposed by Russians on Poland even before Mr H entered the WW2 stage!

  • First Last
    First Last 3 months ago +1

    Yes, tanks rolled on the baltics in the 70s. They deserve and earned a break.

  • Raitis Freimanis
    Raitis Freimanis 3 months ago +1

    Freedom for Ukraine! 🌻

  • Sockhal
    Sockhal 3 months ago +9

    The 90’s were so good, I want to get back there so much !

    • First Last
      First Last 3 months ago +13

      Yes, as long as you weren't Georgian, chechnyan, dagastanian, Caucasian, Excetera.

    • Kaiser Matt Tygore
      Kaiser Matt Tygore 3 months ago

      Same :/

    • Hayden Anderson
      Hayden Anderson 3 months ago +4

      I agree, depending on where one lives.

  • Uve Hodgins
    Uve Hodgins 3 months ago

    Intelligent discourse.

  • Diaz Virdani
    Diaz Virdani 3 months ago +11

    *Russia🇷🇺 still occupied oblast Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Crimea.*
    Russia must end occupation & peace!!!

  • Marc Anthony
    Marc Anthony 3 months ago +9

    What country isn’t divided on most any issue? I’d be worried if there weren’t dissenting opinions

  • Kordi Yishu
    Kordi Yishu 3 months ago +24

    Hungary is really a shame for the EU!

  • Gee Boom
    Gee Boom 3 months ago +4

    Once Ruzzia has lost this war as it definitely will, the time will have finally come to resettle all Russians in bordering states to the loving bosom of Mother Ruzzia.
    Königsberg will have to be divided between Poland and Lithuania.
    It could very well be the Chinese will reclaim territories it lost to Russia in Manchuria.
    Independence for the Caucasus and carving up Russia into several ethnic states is also an option.
    Many new states next to a Muskovy.

    • KL
      KL 3 months ago +2

      Give Koingsburg to the Czechs!

  • Madars Rikards
    Madars Rikards 3 months ago

    @2:27 "The biggest mistake - that I would name - was dependency on Russian energy" - yet Latvia was buying most of it's natural gas from Russia even in 2022 far cheaper than Latvia could buy from alternative sources. Being independent from Russia is nice, but if you can't afford more expensive LNG from USA or Norway then that is a mistake too, maybe even bigger mistake. But from which Latvia will suffer in 5 or 10 years paying much higher gas prices.

  • LancerBiker
    LancerBiker 3 months ago

    I would vote for him.

  • Olen Mees
    Olen Mees 3 months ago +6

    "democratic" ruzzia would also mean the same as now , or not ? +50% of ruzzians support attacking neighbors - democracy meaning power of people - ruzzians would still be attacking and trying to conquer
    anybody who can understand ruzzian language : please watch Dudajev interviews - you will understand what ruzzia is
    ruzzia needs to acknowledge that WWII started in 1939 , not 1941 as it is being taught to them , Baltic states did not join CCCP voluntarily + ruzzia must pay reparations to all 3 + Ukaine

    • ellie kwong
      ellie kwong 3 months ago +1

      @Olen Mees: You should read more and talk less.

  • shirley Haugaard
    shirley Haugaard 3 months ago +4

    Quite the diplomat

    • john sun
      john sun 3 months ago

      Truly, not many would take so good to getting some of those questions ..from a ''good'' russian.

  • pablo escobar
    pablo escobar 3 months ago +12

    Baltic countries ❤️

  • john sun
    john sun 3 months ago +1

    The correspondent Juri has some strong ''good russian'' vibes.
    At least DW didn't send Marina Ovsyannikova the obvious russian influence agent (allegedly).

  • Michael Mazowiecki
    Michael Mazowiecki 3 months ago

    Given Germany's pacifist attitudes, I would not be surprised if Germany declared neutrality and joined in that with Austria and Switzerland, leaving European defense against Russia to others.

    • Charles
      Charles 3 months ago

      Germany was not at all pacifist over yugoslavia in the 1990's

    • Michael Mazowiecki
      Michael Mazowiecki 3 months ago

      @Charles Germany has by far the lowest %of GDP spend on defense of any NATO member and last year spent just above 1%, where the Nato minimum is 2% of GDP. Basically, Germany expects others to defend it and its defense spend and hesitancy in getting involved in "hard power" reflects that.

    • Charles
      Charles 3 months ago

      @Michael Mazowiecki indeed peace dividend, guilt tripping, looking after newcomers etc we will have to move on mentally from the WW2 era whatever happens
      Germany supplied weapons to Slovenia and Croatia to enable their secession by force of arms and recognised them the moment they declared independence, took part in the nato attack on Belgrade on the 58th anniversary their own in 1941, perhaps it correctly knew there would be no risk to themselves at all in this conflict but isn't so sure about Russia hence its hesitation

    • Michael Mazowiecki
      Michael Mazowiecki 3 months ago

      @Charles other than Russia, no-one was happy with the behavior of Milosevic Serbia which was pretty much like Putin's Russia : empire building at the cost of its neighbors. The minor ex-republics of ex-yugoslavia all requested assistance against a rapacious Serbia which largely controlled the Yugoslav army. Nato got sucked in only in Kosovo which had been invaded by Serbia.

  • sarcasmo57
    sarcasmo57 3 months ago +3

    I learned a lot about Russia Russia from my old work pal Liva. Boy, did she hate Russia. I hope you are doing ok out there Liva.

  • duncan smith
    duncan smith 3 months ago +4

    Latvia needs to pay attention to only one thing if it wants security and peace with Russia.
    Latvia needs to guarantee full language rights to all Russian speakers in Latvia, just as Kazakhstan has done, but the opposite to what russophobic/nationalistic Ukraine did.
    With full language rights in place, Latvia has nothing to worry about.

    • Frida Kahlo
      Frida Kahlo 3 months ago +17

      What you call rusohobic, Baltic states and Poland call "being badly experienced by Russia". Who does Russia thnk t is and why should we always care what Russia wants? Language rights? Putin simply needs excuses to invade and annex.

    • Test Salv
      Test Salv 3 months ago +2

      Do you really believe what you just wrote? No, I'm honestly curious no offense. I don't think Kremlin invaded Ukraine just because of that. Also, Kazakhstan cannot be invaded. Its proximity to China, mostly Russian-aligned stance on many things, and neutrality over other things render it unattractive for the Kremlin.

    • All the world’s a stage
      All the world’s a stage 3 months ago +11

      Good luck with that. The russophobia you speak about just dident happend a year ago out of nowhere. What nations formally occupied by enemys have ever granted the right to speak the language of their occupiers , even in small numbers ? In Latvia = Latvians rules. Not very complicated.

  • Hans Michael Reitz
    Hans Michael Reitz 3 months ago +8

    Europe - if we do not help UKRAINE today then WE WILL NEED HELP TOMORROW ourselves ‼

  • My Njeri
    My Njeri 3 months ago +4

    As a German and as a gender neutral being, i thank great United States for blowing up our Nord Stream pipelines. Since we lost our manliness after WW2, we always had this fantasy to be spanked by uncle Sam on a daily basis.

    • Wei Jerry
      Wei Jerry 3 months ago +2

      As a manliest stream pipe, I can confirm this is real.

    • paolo porchetti
      paolo porchetti 3 months ago +8

      You posted this several times down this clip which qualifies you 100% as a Russian bot. Zdorovo Ivan, po HiMARS yzhe skuchaesh?

    • Adriano Celentano
      Adriano Celentano 3 months ago

      Do you have any evidence for you claim?

  • Alex
    Alex 3 months ago +10

    I'm not sure how much longer Russia can put up with this nonsense.
    The USSR agreed to Germany's reunification.
    The USSR withdraws its army from Europe.
    The USSR project was completed. Everyone was given complete freedom.
    NATO is still in existence. It grew larger. The US nuclear weapons are still in Turkey and Europe. Russia, like the USSR, requested membership in NATO but was denied.
    Because of traumatized events, Poland and the Baltic states (roughly 50 million people out of 750 million) strongly desire a war with Russia.

    • TheGrace020
      TheGrace020 3 months ago +11

      russia has nothing of worth saying.

    • VilkatisJanis
      VilkatisJanis 3 months ago +14

      Baltics does not want war with anyone..

    • Dude Noone
      Dude Noone 3 months ago +25

      Nice try vatnik

  • B@n Gerotocracy
    B@n Gerotocracy 3 months ago +2

    Protect the Baltic states.

  • Dragpa Lhafsang
    Dragpa Lhafsang 3 months ago

    Latvia is very happy under US/British empire. They don’t want to be under Russian empire. One bad thing is they have to pay 20 times more than they should. Well that is for democracy and choice.

  • Peter Kroll
    Peter Kroll 2 months ago

    They have warned us for a decade. We did not listen.
    I hope we can change our attitude towards the Baltic nations and Finland. In my personal opinion they belong much more to the EU than the UK or Hungary.

  • Tahsin Pasha
    Tahsin Pasha 3 months ago

    I hope this gloomy situation changes for good... Glory to Russia

    • KL
      KL 3 months ago +3

      Soviet Russia had concentration camps during WW2 - there is no glory

  • Andi Arbeit
    Andi Arbeit 3 months ago +2

    " UN experts slam Latvia for clamping down on Russian-language minorities
    Latvia recently adopted a law aimed at phasing out education in minority languages by September 2025."
    Nice people asking for a civil war.

  • Will Eisinga
    Will Eisinga 3 months ago

    Latvia 100 year War. Everybody loves a good War.

  • Joshua P
    Joshua P 3 months ago +1

    its a shame the entire baltics is like 6M people. not exactly a equal counterweight to russia/belarus

  • Lily
    Lily 3 months ago +3

    It's a Shame that western Europeans have totally forgotten world war 2 new generation they stopped teaching them history .

  • Edzhjus
    Edzhjus 3 months ago

    If we want future then we must let past be past.

    • RockerFella
      RockerFella 3 months ago

      You should e-mail Putin. Ask him to do just that.

  • Žurkulēns
    Žurkulēns 3 months ago +8

    I'm Latvian, i speak freely russian since I was 6 ! in reality we Latvians should go to russia to work there instead of going to any other EU country, but the sad reality is that regime that took control of russia, made russia so poor that my knowledge of russian language is useless... I cannot imagine if russia would be democratic from 2000, how rich it could be ! in fact it doesn't matter if it's democratic or not, it depends on people who rules the country ! I really wish that russia could have some leaders who cares business instead of war... I hope that one day russia will have leaders who will make russia rich for once ! And their mentality of war will dismiss for ever... 🤞

    • ellie kwong
      ellie kwong 3 months ago

      @KL : It's certainly better than 10 years ago. BTW, Moscow is ranked the best place to live. Rubles are stronger than a year ago. Their inflation is going down. They are not out of food. Oh, soon, they don't need running water for toilet. China is piloting waterless toilets.

  • Tom Tom
    Tom Tom 3 months ago +7

    The 80s and 90s where magical in the U.S.

  • preslavl1
    preslavl1 3 months ago +4

    12:28 Spot on! No bright future ahead ...

  • Al Mo
    Al Mo 3 months ago

    thank you!

  • Drake Lang
    Drake Lang 3 months ago +2

    so much better than German talking heads who only talk about oil prices, Russian feelings, peace and inflation....

  • James Murphy
    James Murphy 3 months ago

    Honestly and we wonder why Imperium Russia thought occupation of its neighbors was wise build a buffer between you and Germany it's not rocket science
    Back in 1500 Poland was a very large commonwealth was controlled most of Ukraine and the Baltic countries unfortunately both Russia and Sweden was uncomfortable with that fact

  • Milan Mrlian
    Milan Mrlian 3 months ago

    same in all from midle to east europe

  • Graphic design for Free

    ''Speed saves lives'' - Zelensky

  • Ineke A knoeff
    Ineke A knoeff 3 months ago +5

    The west should have listened. They/We were too selfcentred and too proud. Now Ukraine fights our war.

  • Mrbigolnuts
    Mrbigolnuts 3 months ago

    NATO commanders need to be on the ground guiding the Ukrainian troops, it's that simple.

  • R DELA
    R DELA 3 months ago +3

    Some EU countries worry about world war 3 because they experienced other world wars.

    • qi li
      qi li 3 months ago +9

      Winston Churchill-'You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war.' - To Neville Chamberlain

    • My Njeri
      My Njeri 3 months ago

      As a German and as a gender neutral being, i thank great United States for blowing up our Nord Stream pipelines. Since we lost our manliness after WW2, we always had this fantasy to be spanked by uncle Sam on a daily basis.

  • lexas
    lexas 3 months ago

    Dam right.

  • jailbreak
    jailbreak 3 months ago

    Overly optimistic, no doubt

  • Skankhunt42
    Skankhunt42 3 months ago

    The world lived off of america for too long. I know this because i follow where my tax dollars go

  • Marcelo M.M.
    Marcelo M.M. 3 months ago +9

    11:58 ^^Timely interruption^^

  • James Murphy
    James Murphy 3 months ago

    Basically bring back Germany
    American Imperium is not going to send hundreds of thousands of soldiers

  • Art Bell 〈3
    Art Bell 〈3 3 months ago +1


  • Adriano Celentano
    Adriano Celentano 3 months ago +1

    In Germany „The Left“ party is characterized, among other things, by an internal left-wing pluralism in which orthodox communist, reform communist, left-wing socialist, Stalinist, Trotskyist and violence-oriented autonomist approaches coexist happily. In addition, there are democratic leftist currents, especially in the East German party branches.
    Members of the Bundestag from „The Left“ traveled to the Donbass in 2015 to hand over €130,000 in donations to the "separatists" deployed by Russia.
    Russia under Putin is a regained ally in the fight against the hated West. And the latter is forgiven for one thing or another - after all, people have been used to double standards of intellectual honesty for generations, ever since Lenin.

  • jeff archibald
    jeff archibald 3 months ago

    Wish he was our president instead of dithering Biden.

  • colin8696908
    colin8696908 3 months ago +1

    Twenty years of being cheap and now every European politician is trying to rewrite history to make it seem noble.