Dec 31, 2020
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On the elements of anti-culture in the political culture of the Baltic republics

On the way – so on the way, the gentlemen say, falling into the abyss

There is no reason to believe that with the appearance of a fresh deputy corps and a new government in Lithuania, Lithuanian-Russian relations will warm up. According to President V. Putin, Moscow is ready for more active, diversified cooperation based on the principles of good neighborliness and respect for each other; from the Lithuanian side, such readiness is not visible. The new Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis said that Vilnius does not need attempts to improve relations with Moscow, and that the assumptions that they will become warmer – “Nothing more than devilish temptations”

Vadim Volovoy

Vadim Volovoy

The Foreign Minister noted: “There is no need to plan any changes in the policy towards the RF. In Europe, there are still international players who offer to “reboot”, which is not necessary “… Lithuanian political scientist Vadim Volovoy calls the bilateral contacts between Vilnius and Moscow as bad as never before: “The authorities have destroyed almost all the basic mechanisms of cooperation or interaction, portraying the gap as punishment for Russia. Foreign policy uses concepts such as “selective cooperation” and right there – “sanctions” “

All the natural resources of the Baltics.

All the natural resources of the Baltics. Photo:

Alexander Udaltsov, former Russian ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania, assesses the situation as follows: “Russians from Vilnius are told: where it is profitable, we will cooperate. And for other aspects “uninteresting” for us, we will begin to apply restrictive measures. Directly some kind of colonial concept that does not allow for a balance of interests “

There is an opinion that Landsbergis is a right-wing politician, therefore he cannot but follow the anti-Russian course of his party. The opinion is wrong: neither the personal position of the Foreign Minister, nor the views of President Gitanas Nauseda play any role – it is not these figures that shape international relations. The anti-Russian line in Lithuania’s foreign policy was established with President Valdas Adamkus, who was imposed by Washington. This former Hitlerite soldier who took root in the United States brought elements of anti-culture to the political culture of Lithuania.

By the way, American henchmen have appeared in all three Baltic republics. Adamkus was in power from February 26, 1998 to February 25, 2003 and from July 12, 2004 to July 12, 2009, for a total of 10 years. In Latvia, Canadian citizen Vaira Vike-Freiberga was the head of state for almost 8 years: from July 8, 1999 to July 7, 2007. The first law “Free Latvia” became the law on “Citizens and non-citizens”… Citizenship was obtained only by those who had it before 1940, as well as their descendants; Those who came to live and work in Latvia during the Soviet years were left behind. The result of “democratization” is that teaching in Russian is completely prohibited in Latvian schools.

Estonian Arnold Ruutel, who received much more from the Soviet power than an ordinary citizen of the USSR, in 2005 felt where the wind was blowing and refused an invitation to come to Moscow for the festive celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War: “We had to endure the death of thousands of people, deportation and persecution in peaceful conditions … The suffering endured by the Estonians during the Second World War and after it did not fade in our memory.”

Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian Valdis Zatlers and Toomas Ilves turned out to be worthy successors of the anti-Russian course. Thanks to their efforts in 2015, the Russian Federation turned into “Existential threat” for the Baltic States and Poland, and opposition to it is the basis of the entire foreign policy of Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Russia has become “Terrorist country”, its president – “Both Stalin and Hitler”… The aforementioned Baltic politicians personally called on entrepreneurs to curtail cooperation with “The aggressor who occupied part of the territory of independent Ukraine”

Lithuania’s pocket finance minister Rimantas Shadzius in the spring of 2016 from the rostrum of parliament called the Russian market “Risky, with low purchasing power” and called for reorienting business to other countries. About the fact that by that time Lithuania had lost from 1.5% to 2% of GDP from the counter-sanctions of the Russian Federation, Shadzius kept silent.

Which Baltic politician will refuse to support anti-Russian sanctions and the introduction of new, stricter ones? There are no such people either in parliaments or in governments. The opposition’s voice is not heard. People inclined to statements about the need to normalize relations with the Russian Federation and with all other neighbors are perceived in the Baltics as exotic: “What kind of normalization? Only pressure, because in the east they understand only the dictate of force “

Anti-Russian sanctions deprive Lithuanian carriers of 0.5 billion euros annually.

Anti-Russian sanctions deprive Lithuanian carriers of 0.5 billion euros annually. Photo:

Anti-Russian sentiments returned to the Baltics with a boomerang not only in the form of rhetoric of the Russian Foreign Ministry, but also in the form of economic losses. Latvian ports have lost Russian transit, and there is no other. The formerly profitable local railroad company is becoming a stone on the neck of the state; she will not survive on meager commuter services. In Lithuania, road carriers lose up to 0.5 billion euros annually, and the dairy industry is slowly dying. Estonia has lost hundreds of millions of euros due to restrictions directed against Russia.

Professor Povilas Gilis.

Professor Povilas Gilis. Photo:

First Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, economist professor Povilas Gilis is full of gloomy predictions: “If the situation around balanced relations with other countries does not change, then the Balts will face sad times. We will turn into Latin America with its banana, pseudo-democratic republics. Long-term international behavior, for example, of Lithuania, will become the object of unspoken ridicule “

Poland is less concerned. After all, 40 million people plus about 20 million are an influential diaspora in the United States. You cannot call Poland a particularly developed country, but the economy is growing steadily, small and medium-sized businesses are developed, providing a significant share of GDP. However, the anti-Russian overtones of Warsaw’s policy are no less poisonous than those in the Baltics. As soon as the Russians abandoned, for example, the import of Polish apples, the degree of Russophobia in Poland went up sharply.

However, Warsaw, not to mention Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, cannot be ranked among the “locomotives” of the European Union. All of them can imagine themselves even as capitals of superpowers, but their inhabitants are no better off from such fantasies. These countries walk along the edge of the abyss, throwing stones at a neighbor’s house, although they live in buildings with glass walls.

Railway almost unnecessary for Latvia.

Railway almost unnecessary for Latvia. Photo:

There is no doubt that as long as Russia, vital for the Balts and Poles, remains outside their foreign policy, they will not even reach the economic level of the Czech Republic. Sooner or later, you have to change your tone. So the new Lithuanian ambassador to Russia, Eitvydas Bayarunas, is trying to tactfully reason with official Vilnius: “Despite the problems, we need to move forward. We cannot sit back and look at the headlines in the media reporting about the “chill” in the relationship “

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