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Diena - Latvia | 21/03/2015

The West must learn to play by Putin's rules

Valdis Zatlers, president of Latvia from 2007 to 2011, on the weekend became the first former head of state in his country to publish his memoirs. The book also propounds the theory that the West must learn to play by Russian President Vladimir Putin's rules - which Zatlers explains in the liberal daily Diena: "Putin feels like superman. To rule over others he cynically denies his own mistakes. Now Putin has started playing a game against the West, according to his own rules which are different to the international standards. For the West to win we must first learn these rules. Putin may lose, but - as in his favourite sport judo - he will only give up if he is in danger of being strangled or he's trapped in a particularly painful grip. … He will never spare his opponents and won't hesitate to exploit their weaknesses."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 11/08/2008

Protest against Russia

The Gazeta Wyborcza publishes a joint declaration by the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in which the politicians protest vehemently at Russia's actions in Caucasus. "We, the leaders of the formerly enslaved nations of Eastern Europe, now members of the European Union and Nato - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - express our extreme concern about the Russian Federation's behaviour towards Georgia. ... In response to the unilateral military activities of the Russian forces we will use all means available to us as presidents to ensure that this act of aggression against a small state in Europe is not concealed or dismissed with meaningless statements that put the victims on an equal footing with the perpetrators. ... The EU and Nato must take the initiative and oppose the spread of imperialist and revisionist policies in Eastern Europe."

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