The war in Ukraine can help unite Latvian society and strengthen the nation - PM

  • 2022-04-07
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has expressed hope that the war in Ukraine can help unite Latvian society and strengthen the nation, because regardless of the language people speak at home, everyone wants to live in a democratic Latvia.

In an interview with Latvian Radio today, the Prime Minister pointed out that some time ago, some people might even have doubts about whether Latvia should exist as a country or whether it should move closer to Russia, but now, seeing what Russia is like and has become, such thoughts have faded.

"Times are changing, I think our society is changing too. The whole society must also change. We Latvians, if I can afford to say so, must stop being insecure about what this country is about. This is the state of Latvia, where the Latvian language and culture is unifying and dominant. Everyone else is welcome, and are important part of our society. But it is important that those people who have chosen to live permanently in Latvia also accept our language and our cultural traditions," said Karins.

The Prime Minister emphasized that one of the main problems that caused such a split in society was life in various information spaces - part of the society had previously actively consumed Russian propaganda media, which is now banned in Latvia. However, the question of how to replace this content is currently topical.

"The final decisions have not yet been made on how to develop this media policy," said the Prime Minister.

He also noted that the education system, which will be ready to fully switch to Latvian in three years, is also important in this regard.