In the midst of the present Moscow-Kyiv conflict, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkvis criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin. “One day: Phone me, call me, call me, for God’s sake,” the minister said on Twitter, echoing Soviet-Russin poet Robert Rozhdestvensky’s poem. Extend your time span. The speaker has a deep and mellow voice.
Over Moscow, the stars are dissolving. Maybe I’d forgotten about my pride. I want to hear the voice the way I want to hear it. I want to hear the voice the way I want to hear it. “Here it is, your long-awaited voice.”
The Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs skillfully poked fun at foreign politicians who frequently talk on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rinkvis hinted on Twitter that they had forgotten about pride through the poetry.
Since Russia announced its “special” military campaign in Ukraine on February 24, the Latvian Foreign Minister has made several references to philosophy. “Getting philosophical tonight: violence cannot be halted by thoughts and prayers, but by suitable power, and Romans already had a know-how regarding weapons and peace: Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you want peace, prepare for war),” Rinkvis wrote on May 27.
During the Moscow-Kyiv war, which began in late February, Latvia, like the rest of the West, has been a firm supporter of Ukraine. Because the Belarusian army is considered to be supporting Russia in the conflict in Ukraine, Latvia stated earlier this month that it will prohibit rail passage of Belarusian military cargo across its borders to its Baltic seaports.
According to the Delfi news website, Latvia’s Transport Ministry said on May 10 that the government has cancelled the arrangement that allowed direct rail shipment of military cargo from Belarus to other countries via Latvian ports.
According to reports, Latvia’s state administration is evaluating bilateral relations with Russia and Belarus in light of a Russian special operation in Donbas to protect people. The European Union had already imposed the fifth package of sanctions against Russia on April 8 in response to Moscow’s military aggression in Ukraine, which has now lasted 81 days.
The EU’s 27-nation group has specifically prohibited the transit of products by Russian and Belarusian means. The EU claimed at the time that the limits did not apply to humanitarian road transit.