Moscow's plan to deprive the Baltic States of Russian transit had an effect


The dream of domestic cheers-patriots came true: the Balts "crawled back on their knees" to ask "aggressive" Russia about economic help. True, for some reason they are not going to “repent” at all. How will Moscow answer them?


Little Latvia begged for mercy first. Over the decades that have passed since the acquisition of "independence", Riga has successfully carried out a program of de-industrialization. Russian transit to European countries remained one of the most important items of income for the Latvian budget. However, it continues to fall continuously, in particular, from January to September 2020, it decreased by 14 million tons compared to the same period in 2019, that is, by 29,7%. In particular, instead of the planned 118 wagons per day, only 39 wagons arrive at the port of Riga for coal. The losses are simply catastrophic. In November, no coal will come from Russia at all due to the lack of coordination of applications between Russian Railways, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

In Latvia, they see this as the "hand of the Kremlin", and it is not unreasonable. Moscow is really interested in moving its export flows from the unfriendly Baltic to its own ports. Intricate bureaucratic procedures can be both a manifestation of habitual inefficiency and an instrument of pressure on transit countries. Small Latvia amid economic difficulties caused by coronavirus restrictions is rapidly moving towards bankruptcy. Desperate, local businessmen were forced to write their own "petition" to the Kremlin with a request to restore cooperation. However, the Latvian Foreign Ministry threw this collective appeal into the basket. Its content can be judged by the irritated commentary of the Foreign Ministry:

All sorts of ideas are circulating, there are companies and entrepreneurs who think that it is still enough to bow politically, kiss, and business continues.

However, the objective reality is such that the Ministry of Transport of Latvia was forced to contact Moscow directly. From the already sent letter, it follows that the official Riga, together with the Latvian Railways, is asking not to interfere with the flow of goods to the Baltic ports and is ready to participate in the project of the railway from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg:

We are interested in such transportation, so that our infrastructure is loaded, so we are doing everything possible using various channels to make these plans a reality. This is our common cause, this is the need of the Latvian state to ensure the operation of the railway infrastructure.

The ex-President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers reacted extremely sharply to this publication. He urged "not to pray" to Moscow for anything, since the weak and humiliated will not be given anything anyway. The former head of state sees the salvation of a small country only in deeper integration with the European Union. True, Mr. Zatlers did not explain why, instead of Russia, no one else could provide Latvian ports with alternative transit flows, and did not mention that all financial assistance to the Baltic from the West is due exclusively to its Russophobic agenda, and nothing else, except for an anti-Russian bridgehead, Latvia, USA and NATO is generally not interested.

The most curious thing is that the second letter has been approved by the Latvian Foreign Ministry and the Latvian embassy in Moscow. This means that the head of foreign diplomacy Edgar Rinkevich, known for harsh anti-Russian statements, has to be given the green light for him. For example, he argued that the Russian Federation would end, in his opinion, as Kaiser's Germany and Hitler's Third Reich. But so far this has not happened, and the question is about the fate of Latvia itself. So what should Moscow do? It is possible to pressurize Riga, but then large-scale layoffs on the railways and in ports will continue, and first of all, ethnic minorities from Russians will be dismissed there. And we can help the Latvians to support their pants, but then we will actually continue to co-finance the Russophobic regime. Difficult choice.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 24 November 2020 13: 10
    +30
    Press Latvia to the end. Russians can be admitted to the Russian Federation by granting citizenship and lifting. So for the Russian Federation it will be cheaper and more useful than maintaining an enemy state at its own expense. And the roads through Latvia for the Russian Federation can be closed at any time by order from Washington, so there is no point in investing in their construction and maintenance of the Russian Federation
    1. Polente the Wanderer 24 November 2020 17: 29
      +1
      Do the Baltic "Russians" want to go to Russia? Hardly, and we are not talking about pensioners, but about young people.
      1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 24 November 2020 20: 47
        +19
        I personally know Russians who came to the Russian Federation from the Baltics at their own expense, and with those who do not need the Russian Federation, there is no need to stand on ceremony at all.
        1. Polente the Wanderer 30 November 2020 16: 45
          -1
          Not only Russian-speaking, but also ethnic Latvians come to us for fishing. They are actively working in the ports of the Murmansk region and the Far East - this direction is the most popular among the Balts.

          Sikorsky "Cod makes the Baltic states think about leaving the EU to Russia"
        2. Polente the Wanderer 30 November 2020 16: 48
          -1
          Moved for permanent residence or for work?
          1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
            Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 30 November 2020 22: 27
            +2
            For permanent residence in the regional center of the Russian Federation
      2. Pete mitchell Offline Pete mitchell
        Pete mitchell (Pete Mitchell) 24 November 2020 22: 14
        0
        Quote: Wanderer Polente
        we are not talking about retirees, but about young people.

        The problem is that pensioners, for whom Russia is their native land, are not needed by Russian bureaucrats, this is a real story. And all this does not apply to young people. Colleague is right

        Quote: Sapsan136
        I know Russians who came to Russia from the Baltics at their own expense ...

        All these Rinkevichs do not learn lessons: several years ago the Russian ambassador was reproached that the Russian Federation impedes the development of the LatRad with tariffs. The ambassador answered clearly: we do not set as our goal the development of your railway. Nobody wanted to hear him

        Quote: Sapsan136
        with those who do not need the Russian Federation and do not stand on ceremony at all.
        1. Cherry Offline Cherry
          Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 25 November 2020 05: 43
          +7
          The problem is that pensioners, for whom Russia is their native land, are not needed by Russian bureaucrats, this is a real story.

          What does it have to do with "Needed, not needed"? A person wants to return to the territory of Russia, let him use the program of resettlement of compatriots. And those "bureaucrats" who are supposed to do this according to their position will be engaged in them. who decided to move!
          1. Pete mitchell Offline Pete mitchell
            Pete mitchell (Pete Mitchell) 25 November 2020 19: 00
            -4
            Quote: Cherry
            I couldn’t even imagine how auntie was with those who decided to move

            Sorry for the question, in no way do I question what you said, but did you yourself collide or? I know people who collided themselves, they were told so - sit where you sat and adyu
      3. smsnn Offline smsnn
        smsnn (Sergei) 25 November 2020 10: 47
        +2
        Quote: Wanderer Polente
        Do the Baltic "Russians" want to go to Russia? Hardly, and we are not talking about pensioners, but about young people.

        Only where they want and without them there are enough people who want to go. Who needs them there? Well, let them feel for themselves what it means to be "second class".
      4. free_flier Offline free_flier
        free_flier 25 November 2020 22: 43
        0
        Well, in this case, there are sayings like "the problems of blacks do not bother the sheriff", if they want - you are welcome, if they do not want - these are their problems.
    2. reindeer Offline reindeer
      reindeer (reno renowich) 25 November 2020 11: 11
      0
      Don't just crush but choke
    3. vikganz Offline vikganz
      vikganz (Vik Ganz) 26 November 2020 12: 00
      0
      Unless you buy this section of the road (Kaliningrad-St. Petersburg). Only on such conditions. And in return, guarantee the preservation of a part of the traffic (transportation of goods and passengers).
    4. Morgan Offline Morgan
      Morgan (Miron) 28 November 2020 17: 36
      0
      Russians can be accepted into the Russian Federation by granting citizenship and lifting.

      - they need your lifting. They are not bad there.
    5. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
      Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 1 December 2020 21: 53
      -3
      Do the Baltic "Russians" want to go to Russia? Hardly, and we are not talking about pensioners, but about young people.

      Do the Baltic "Russians" want to go to Russia? Hardly, and we are not talking about pensioners, but about young people.
    6. gurza2007 Offline gurza2007
      gurza2007 (Sergei) 2 December 2020 09: 15
      +1
      Why crush them? !!! Business is business! And why go to meet them, missing the benefit? !!! How can?!!! Who are they to us? !!! We in the union provided them the best, but they lost everything, spit on the memory of our grandfathers, and even called us aggressors and invaders! You have to invent something like that! So let them trade there with the Swedes or the Finns, trade and transport everything to them, AND THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE (after all, our steam locomotive is still on the side track ...) !!!
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 24 November 2020 13: 33
    +13
    Tough choice? - Very simple! - The state status of the Russian language in Latvia and the granting of citizenship to all Russian speakers in Latvia. And then the issues of further cooperation with this country can be considered.
  3. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 24 November 2020 14: 19
    +1
    As K. Marx said, there is no such crime that capital would not go for the sake of 300% of the profit. From this we must proceed - in business, money is always in the first place, and “patriotism” is somewhere out there, far away, and comes down to maintaining a staff of hired employees at the expense of profit in the price difference, otherwise it will have to be “optimized”.
    The Baltic ports are closer to the European ones, they have good technical equipment, infrastructure, transport communications with the Russian Federation, and therefore depend on the cost of service - where it is more profitable, the goods will go there. It is one thing to load in St. Petersburg or Ust-Luga and another thing in Klaipeda and Riga - at least a day difference, and freight is expensive.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 24 November 2020 15: 11
      +11
      In politics, benefit is considered differently. It is profitable for the Balts to buy electricity from BRELL and BelNPP, but no, they are prohibited by law from buying from BelNPP and leave BRELL, but only to get out they need to invest several billion dollars ... Yes, the answers are mirror-like, - political economy is not economics ...
      1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 24 November 2020 15: 56
        +4
        Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
        Yes, the answers are mirrored, - political economy is not economics ...

        Golden words
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 24 November 2020 15: 38
    +1
    Someone wanted to subtract Belarus. Here's a flag in your hands! Start in the Baltics. So let's see what kind of business executives you are!
  5. Rashid116 Offline Rashid116
    Rashid116 (Rashid) 24 November 2020 17: 32
    +6
    The squeeze, of course, did not finish off in due time, we got problems. Now fluff up on the money of Russia and again the tail will be picked up. We know these monkeys, we have already passed. Well, those Russians who want to live like at home need to go home. We have ports ourselves. are being built, that's where those specialists will come in handy. Well, the state should help them, I agree with Sapsan.
  6. Mrozov Yuri Offline Mrozov Yuri
    Mrozov Yuri (Yuri Mrozov) 24 November 2020 21: 35
    +6
    I remember how these "Russians" in the early 90s held posters with the words "We are Russian Latvians", "Russians together with the Baltic states." Well, once together, so let them be together ... until the end.
    1. DeGreen Offline DeGreen
      DeGreen 25 November 2020 07: 54
      -1
      I remember something else. Like other Russians, thousands went to Russia. From Baltic fascism. And the bureaucrats of Borukh Yelzin drove them back. They gave no registration, no housing, nothing
  7. DeGreen Offline DeGreen
    DeGreen 25 November 2020 00: 09
    +4
    Press down. Let them die with their sprats
    1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 November 2020 01: 26
      -5
      Poor labas, sitting in hunger and cold, looking at well-fed Russia and envy her with black envy.
  8. Yurets Offline Yurets
    Yurets (Yuri) 25 November 2020 01: 39
    0
    Crush like bedbugs!
  9. Filya Rum Offline Filya Rum
    Filya Rum (Filya Rom) 25 November 2020 01: 44
    +5
    Joke on the topic:

    There is Latvia (you can Lithuania, Estonia), on the balcony (NATO houses), and along the way there is a Russian.
    Latvia shouts to him: - Man, I'm afraid of you. Russian: - Why?
    - You will rape me.
    How am I going to rape you? You are on the balcony (NATO), and I am on the road.
    - And now I'll come down to you.
    - What are you? Abnormal?
    - For the first time I see a man who wants to rape me and says that I am crazy.
    - Yes, I do not want to rape you. I have to work. Building houses, roads, bridges. To launch rockets into space.
    - Here you will calmly work for yourself, and I have to think all the time that you want to rape me.
    - Is the American guarding you? Let him rape you.
  10. Paramon Pictures (Paramon Pictures) 25 November 2020 08: 27
    +1
    Beggar further!
  11. smsnn Offline smsnn
    smsnn (Sergei) 25 November 2020 10: 38
    +3
    Completed stages.
    Nord Stream has cooled the confidence in joint projects with unreliable foreign countries. And help to Belarus is trust in the leaders of the "fraternal republics." Lukashenka very quickly forgot everything and again starts twisting his tail to the right and to the left.
  12. smsnn Offline smsnn
    smsnn (Sergei) 25 November 2020 10: 42
    +2
    Quote: Bulanov
    Tough choice? - Very simple! - The state status of the Russian language in Latvia and the granting of citizenship to all Russian-speaking Latvia ...

    And this is only in the first place ...
  13. ua1osm Offline ua1osm
    ua1osm (ua1osm) 25 November 2020 11: 42
    +2
    This is a good bargaining chip. And then the conditions: stop discriminating against Russians, not allowing NATO into the country, etc. Be a friend and partner. If you do not want to, then suffer losses.
    1. Sergey Vasilievich (Sergey Vasilievich) 25 November 2020 17: 01
      +1
      Perhaps we were late with all this.
      Late.
  14. Alexey Kurilov Offline Alexey Kurilov
    Alexey Kurilov (Alexey Kurilov) 25 November 2020 11: 51
    0
    nothing superfluous just business
  15. Peter Rusin Offline Peter Rusin
    Peter Rusin (Peter Rusin) 25 November 2020 15: 10
    0
    What are the Baltic States? Three Nursing Homes surrounded by forest!
    1. Galina Pigareva Offline Galina Pigareva
      Galina Pigareva (Galina Pigareva) 26 November 2020 04: 13
      -1
      Quote: Peter Rusin
      What are the Baltic States? Three Nursing Homes surrounded by forest!

      Three American rattles.
  16. Sergey Vasilievich (Sergey Vasilievich) 25 November 2020 16: 59
    +3
    Generally speaking, the "hooray patriots' dream", if it really is such, is insignificant and insignificant.
    With regard to the "small, but sopotolyus" Balts, our people think sensibly: the choice should be made in favor of profit. Favorably -transit through the Baltic states, no -fig them. Otherwise, it will be a big mistake if only SEEMINAL profit (benefit) is invested in the concept of "benefit". The concept of "benefit" should be considered in a BROAD sense, including from that angle: is there any hope (prospect) that "but will not Latvia, which has grown strong on Russian grub, yap at great Russia and do all sorts of nasty things to her?" And if there is no such hope (prospects), then what the hell is this "benefit"?
    By the way, through the efforts of the current and previous post-perestroika rulers of the Baltic states, mutual hatred has sunk to the everyday level. However, on the part of the Russians (Russians) it is more likely not even hatred, but disgust, disgust, akin to those who are foolish.
    And further.
    It's time to see the real attitude of "our" Baltic compatriots towards us, towards Russia.
    Over the past post-perestroika time, perhaps, it would have been possible to decide: where is your Motherland, your Fatherland? - "Dirty, unwashed" Russia, how do all the demokrats who parasitize on it like to call it? Or clean, intelligent and ... not disdaining to parasitize on Russia Geyrop (Geibalty)? I dare to say that during this time a generation of "Russian Balts" has grown up, who "will sell, buy, and sell Russia again, but at a higher price."
    Do we need such "patriots"?
    Are these our "compatriots"?
    With such "friends" it is not necessary to look for an enemy either.
    You can't find anything worse.
    "Passed" in Bulgaria, Poland, "Ridnoi Nenke-Ukraine" and many other places.
  17. alex-sherbakov48 25 November 2020 17: 21
    0
    To regret the enemy is tantamount to putting your back under attack, and he will follow immediately !!!
  18. Andrey Grad Offline Andrey Grad
    Andrey Grad (Andrey Grad) 25 November 2020 17: 29
    +3
    The Baltics are mostly originally Russian land, with the majority of the Russian population.
    Emotionally repeating the nonsense "let them live as they want, we are not interested in the Baltic states", you fall on the enemy hook, you voluntarily give up the Russian lands, for which hundreds of thousands of Russian lives were given, give up part of your own, the Russian people, who have been living in the Baltic for 300 years ...
    In Riga, we are Russians over half of the population.
    We are not Russian-speaking, as TV announcers say, but Russians, the same RUSSIAN as you are in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Rostov.
    We did not leave Russia anywhere, it was Russia that retreated eastward, first in 1917, then in 1991.
    We are in our native land, like many generations of our ancestors lived here and whose graves remain here.


    Riga 09.05.2019
    1. uralant Offline uralant
      uralant (Serg) 26 November 2020 00: 37
      0
      Quote: Andrey Grad
      Russian, the same RUSSIAN as you are in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Rostov.
      We did not leave Russia anywhere, it was Russia that retreated to the east, first in 1917, then in 1991.

      Well said! Only the Russians sit and wait, just like in dill, when the master comes, the master will judge us. Until then, let Russia feed and water our oppressors.
      1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 26 November 2020 09: 16
        -1
        Quote: uralant
        Well said! Only the Russians sit and wait, just like in dill, when the master will come, the master will judge us.

        And what exactly do the Ukrainian Russians have to do now to throw off the yoke? Start raising funds for the creation of the National Liberation Army? Organize underground cells in your cities?
        And how long after that will such activists remain at large in the face of opposition from the SBU, snitching and the possibility of extrajudicial reprisals from the Pravosek?
        Maybe you will come, help you personally, tell you on the spot what and how to do? Or is it easier to knock on the keyboard with your fingers from home?
      2. Andrey Grad Offline Andrey Grad
        Andrey Grad (Andrey Grad) 26 November 2020 11: 06
        +3
        And you are apparently a daredevil, so come and lead the resistance. Ours here for just one post on the social network are taken to the local Gestapo for explanatory conversations, criminal charges are brought up, they are fired from work. It is only in the Russian Federation that oppositionists can write and come up with radical ideas for years, and here you will quickly find an article for 10 years.
        Russia, represented by the government, could use in its own interests the millions of Russians living in the outskirts and in the Baltic states, supporting its Russians, setting conditions and the Russians in the republics would rally and support the Russian Federation. But Moscow does not seem to notice us, even in the media it never mentions definitions RUSSIAN, but is called some kind of RUSSIAN-SPEAKING.
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 27 November 2020 09: 11
          -3
          Quote: Andrey Grad
          But Moscow does not seem to notice us, even in the media it never mentions the definitions RUSSIAN, but is called some kind of RUSSIAN.

          Russians in Ukraine also quickly turned into Russian-speaking Ukrainians. No Russians, no problem.
  19. grandfather565 Offline grandfather565
    grandfather565 (grandfather5655) 25 November 2020 17: 52
    +1
    first of all, national minorities from the Russians are dismissed there .... and to give a job - will the Russians be returned? no really! let them march with a swastika and LGBT people in the Europop!
  20. Russian Bear_2 Offline Russian Bear_2
    Russian Bear_2 (Russian bear) 25 November 2020 20: 08
    0
    Let them want to and get out there is nothing to help them. She died so died.
  21. Oleg Deev Offline Oleg Deev
    Oleg Deev (Oleg Deev) 25 November 2020 23: 26
    -1
    What does "crush-choke" have to do with it? It's just profitable to load your ports! Jobs, budget revenues, etc. Capitalism whatever you want.
  22. vikganz Offline vikganz
    vikganz (Vik Ganz) 26 November 2020 02: 04
    0
    Maybe it is necessary to think about the privatization of the railway section by Russia? From Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg? Purchases of this section in return for the obligation to preserve part of the traffic.
  23. Galina Pigareva Offline Galina Pigareva
    Galina Pigareva (Galina Pigareva) 26 November 2020 04: 19
    0
    Chase your friends who were betrayed once.
    Whoever betrayed once will betray you twice.


    O. Khayyam.
  24. Philosoff Offline Philosoff
    Philosoff (Vlad) 26 November 2020 12: 22
    0
    The Russian Baltic states do not want Karabakh in Latvia, we do not need to impose our opinion, sitting in a bathhouse near Tula. Most of us are retirees, and there is no time for moving to Russia. We want peace here, for everyone, Estonians and Latvians and Russians. And to start some kind of storm will not work, here is the territory of NATO. The security police are on the alert, and their basements are uncomfortable, to put it mildly. And in general, what do those who speak about the passivity of Russians mean? What should we do? A coup d'état? For this, no country in the world will be patted on the head. Therefore, someone has adapted, someone has gone to the West or East, and someone will simply live out their days here.
    1. Sat46 Offline Sat46
      Sat46 26 November 2020 22: 52
      0
      You will not wait for peace, they understand only power. He lived among them for more than 10 years, They have repeatedly declared to me that knowledge of their language is not enough for them, they need us not to be indigenous and to know our place.
    2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 27 November 2020 09: 10
      -3
      Quote: Philosoff
      And in general, what do those who speak about the passivity of Russians mean? What should we do? A coup d'état? For this, no country in the world will be patted on the head. Therefore, someone has adapted, someone has gone to the West or East, and someone will simply live out their days here.

      You are absolutely right. Since they beat you in the Kremlin, all you have to do is either adapt or leave.
      1. DeGreen Offline DeGreen
        DeGreen 29 November 2020 08: 11
        -1
        I hope you left?
  25. Sat46 Offline Sat46
    Sat46 26 November 2020 22: 44
    +1
    No trade relations with the Balts, no transit of goods and people through the territory of Russia through the territory of Russia from the ports of Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians for at least the next 100 years. Normal relations with them are possible only when they leave NATO and provide material compensation to representatives of non-indigenous nations that have suffered from the nationalist policies of the authorities of these countries.
  26. DeGreen Offline DeGreen
    DeGreen 29 November 2020 08: 10
    -1
    The author is definitely on the side of Russia's enemies. Judging by the way he regrets the Balts
  27. Albert Albert Offline Albert Albert
    Albert Albert (Albert) 29 November 2020 08: 46
    +1
    I think that if Russia is profitable, if it improves the quality of life of Russians, then it is necessary to establish contacts with everyone, regardless of any grievances, etc.