The Baltics: should Britain be rushing to their defence?

Should he be charged - and he should be, Russia will stoke up trouble in the suburbs and probably we'll get more damaging information released on Latvians. Why? Because arresting him is thought of as an attack on domestic Russians who he represents and he was a Putin man here in Latvia.
Will it give Putin the casus belli that he seeks?
 
Will it give Putin the casus belli that he seeks?
Potentially, should Russians feel persecuted and agitate enough to provoke a heavy handed police reaction, bearing in mind that many police are actually Russians as well, what are the chances of the Latvian Army being deployed?

However, would he? Or just let it fester as Brexit breaks out over Europe and Latvians see their GDP hit with a commensurate drop in incomes of people? The new Minister of Transport has already said that he wants to re-organise Latvian ports and Latvian Railways - this will hit Russian speakers and the back-handers that they take home; so better to let it fester until the out-come of the trial. In the meantime, keep releasing compromising info on Latvian leading figures.
 

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The above is posters being posted throughout Bolderaj - suggesting the Latvians were akin to the NAZIS. This is just the beginning...
Because modern Latvian government do everything to show themselves as Nazies. Starting with heroisation of SS-'soldiers', 'forest brothers' and finishing with not giving citezenship to local ethnic minorities.
 
Because modern Latvian government do everything to show themselves as Nazies. Starting with heroisation of SS-'soldiers', 'forest brothers' and finishing with not giving citezenship to local ethnic minorities.
Latvia does give citizenship to people who speak Latvian. Should you have lived here your whole life and still can not speak Latvian why should you be entitled?
 

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Latvia does give citizenship to people who speak Latvian. Should you have lived here your whole life and still can not speak Latvian why should you be entitled?
Its your own (and EU) choice. You can give full rights to everyone living in Latvia, independently from what language they speak (looks like it is in Finland, Norway, Canada and so on) and became a really multi-cultural and tolerant state with good relations with your population and all your neighbours. Or you can continue your course on the discrimination of the ethnic minorities, heroisation of SS-murders, 'forest brothers', glorification of Holocost, and so on with the predictable 'game end'.
 
Its your own (and EU) choice. You can give full rights to everyone living in Latvia, independently from what language they speak (looks like it is in Finland, Norway, Canada and so on) and became a really multi-cultural and tolerant state with good relations with your population and all your neighbours. Or you can continue your course on the discrimination of the ethnic minorities, heroisation of SS-murders, 'forest brothers', glorification of Holocost, and so on with the predictable 'game end'.
I'm British.
 

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Ok. It is their own choice. But your choice is to support Latvian Nazies or Latvian anti-Nazies. What will you open there - training camp for nationalistic 'militia' for propaganda of hate and murder or an 'tolerancy institute' to propaganda of love, respect and friendship ? What will be better for Latvia?
 
Ok. It is their own choice. But your choice is to support Latvian Nazies or Latvian anti-Nazies. What will you open there - training camp for nationalistic 'militia' for propaganda of hate and murder or an 'tolerancy institute' to propaganda of love, respect and friendship ? What will be better for Latvia?
I've opened an ''All Russians are cnuts'' campus. Full with a waiting list.
 
Shift change!
 
Good luck to them, although, it has to be said that this has been, so far, a very mild winter. Shitty, but mild.

Meanwhile, in the face of Brexit, I expect more than a few local lasses may have been knocked up... @8.26... ;)
 
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But the word "Memel" have not German, but Scalwian origin.
There are plenty of towns along the German Baltic coast with names of Slavic or Swedish origins, which does not make them any less German than the other towns. There's even a Slavic minority in the southern part of what was East Germany, the Sorbs, complete with their own language, they're still German citizens.
 
There are plenty of towns along the German Baltic coast with names of Slavic or Swedish origins, which does not make them any less German than the other towns. There's even a Slavic minority in the southern part of what was East Germany, the Sorbs, complete with their own language, they're still German citizens.
It would be a great piece of research to look into the etymology of the namings; indeed when you consider skruve is Latvian for screw, stacija - station, snieks VERY similar to the old anglo saxon word for snow, there can be a some commonality of language origin.
 
U.S. sends additional helicopters to Latvia as part of next rotation of troops Missed this. Troops are being rotated but this will bring the number of American platforms up dramatically, not forgetting that the Latvians are buying 4 and they want to add shrike when funds permit. Does the UH60 have a simulator @Magic_Mushroom ?

Fully crewed 24hours/day would be a significant amount of bods - and being pilots the Latvians would have to add some substantial flight pay for said crews.
 
U.S. sends additional helicopters to Latvia as part of next rotation of troops Missed this. Troops are being rotated but this will bring the number of American platforms up dramatically, not forgetting that the Latvians are buying 4 and they want to add shrike when funds permit. Does the UH60 have a simulator @Magic_Mushroom ?

Fully crewed 24hours/day would be a significant amount of bods - and being pilots the Latvians would have to add some substantial flight pay for said crews.
I was under the impression that the Latvian AF were looking to use the UH-60M for SAR, which would seem to imply that they would be generating two airframes at readiness daily e.g. primary at 15 mins NTM and secondary at 45 mins NTM by day and both on 60 mins NTM by night.

This does not preclude either the aircraft or crews from being dynamically retasked, but will be a considerable burden for a (very) small air force.
 
...the Latvians are buying 4 and they want to add shrike when funds permit. Does the UH60 have a simulator @Magic_Mushroom ?...
No idea but I’d imagine not if they’re only buying 4! I would hazard a guess that they’ll be sending their chaps to a European operator who may have invested in a sim such as Sweden or the US Army in Europe. Much will depend on what variant they’re buying.

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MM
 
I was under the impression that the Latvian AF were looking to use the UH-60M for SAR, which would seem to imply that they would be generating two airframes at readiness daily e.g. primary at 15 mins NTM and secondary at 45 mins NTM by day and both on 60 mins NTM by night.

This does not preclude either the aircraft or crews from being dynamically retasked, but will be a considerable burden for a (very) small air force.
No, they triple hat - I was talking with the Head of the Latvian Airforce (SIC) They will:
Work with Special Forces out of Bolderaj
SAR
Conduct troop mobility training and

Given any money

Buy shrike for the anti-amour role.
 

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