Illusions that Russia's ongoing campaign against Estonia and Latvia are solely connected to the upcoming Duma [Russia's parliament] elections are fading. As one Latvian diplomat commented recently, "I believe Putin has the Baltic file on his working table as a part of the agenda."The slogan being used by Russia against both the small countries joining the European Union boils down to the rights of the Russian-speaking minority. Many see this as an attempt by Russia to strike a deal with the EU on strengthening its influence in countries leaving the former sphere of Soviet influence. Regardl...
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