Russian Foreign Ministry lodges protest with Latvian ambassador over Soviet monuments' demolition in Latvia

  • 2022-11-10

RIGA - Latvian Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry and told that measures of the Latvian authorities, including those targeting Russian property, are unlawful, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

"It was emphasized that responsibility for these and other hostile acts rests squarely with the Latvian side. We reserve the right to retaliate, including by taking asymmetric steps that will certainly be sensitive to Riga," the Russian ministry said in its statement.

As reported, a law banning display of objects glorifying Soviet and Nazi regimes and requiring their removal came into effect in Latvia on June 23 after the Saeima passed it on June 16. According to the law, all objects glorifying totalitarian regimes in Latvia's territory have to be removed by November 15.

The Cabinet of Ministers included 69 monuments in the list, but local governments could also demolish other objects at their own initiative.