Posner explained the anti-Russian sentiment in Latvia

Познер объяснил антироссийские настроения в Латвии


In the program “Met” on radio Baltkom TV host Vladimir Posner said he believes the wrong decision of the Latvian authorities banning Russian-language education in private universities, according to Posner.

However, he noted that such sentiments in the Republic is understandable, since the Russian language is associated here with the Soviet Union which, as stressed by Posner, Latvia never wanted to be. Nevertheless, the language has absolutely nothing to do with it. With the same success it would be possible to ban the German, once the bearer was the leader of the Nazis Adolf Hitler assured presenter.

“Historically it so happened that the independent state of Latvia was practically, not to be sold, but given to the Soviet Union, the result of a secret Protocol signed by Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939. And the introduction of the Soviet army deprived of Latvia’s independence, and for a long time Latvia was a Soviet Republic,” he said.

Posner said that often came to Latvia and interacted with the local population and realized that these people “did not want to be part of the Soviet Union.”

“A Russian who was there, after all, were not taught Latvian and did not consider it necessary to do so: “Let them speak in Russian!”” he said.

In the end, Latvia has accumulated anti-Russian sentiment.

“They really have been and I do not believe that to blame the Latvians. Another thing is that there are people who play it and enjoy it. But this mood did not arise on an empty place,” said Posner.

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