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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Foreign Ministry Statement on the decision of the Latvian authorities to downgrade diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation

24 January 2023 14:28

Following its consistent Russophobic line, the Latvian authorities announced their decision to downgrade diplomatic relations with Russia in what they called "Baltic solidarity." They demanded the departure of the Russian Ambassador from Riga before February 24 of this year. Latvia will recall its Ambassador from Moscow by the same date.

Obviously, this decision had been brewing in Latvia for some time. The arguments cited by Latvian representatives now are ungrounded and far-fetched. Riga expresses its notorious solidarity with other Baltic countries in a different way - in the uncouth Russophobia of the Latvian leadership and their hostile attitude to everything linked with Russia. In addition, there is also an obvious desire to please their most rabid friends outside the country.

Therefore, nobody is surprised by this latest manifestation of Riga's unfriendly steps. They are the logical result of the policy pursued by the Latvian ruling elite to consistently destroy bilateral relations. Obviously, the Latvian authorities do not care about the consequences of this policy for the country and its people. Naturally, we will make a tough response to any hostile actions of this kind.

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