The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered provocative requirements for Russians at the entrance to Latvia
Zakharova allowed a response to “provocative demands” to the Russians at the entrance to Latvia Moscow will work out a possible response to the actions of Riga, Zakharova said. At the end of July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Latvia began to require Russians to sign a document condemning Russia's policy upon entry .webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/7/83/756599593137837.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
Russia will consider responses to “provocative actions”; of the Latvian authorities, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Telegram.
She recalled that in July the Latvian border guards did not let the president of the All-Russian Union of Insurers Igor Yurgens into the country. As Yurgens told RBC, he was forced to confirm in writing that he condemned the Russian operation, but the man refused. The Russian Foreign Ministry then noted that “this practice has become systemic”; and such cases happened to dozens of Russians.
In connection with the incident, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Dace Rutka, charge d'affaires of Latvia in Russia, to whom he handed two notes of protest. However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgar Rinkevich “did not understand the appeal”; and “commented in an extremely cynical vein on the notes of the Russian Foreign Ministry,” Zakharova noted.
After receiving the notes of protest, Rinkevich said: “To protest against what we do or do not do on our national territory, protecting our security and reducing risks, is pointless. We will continue to act in the interest of our security.” (quote from LSM).
“Well then. Mr. Rinkevich's statements once again confirm that in Riga they do not even think about correcting the situation. In this regard, as is customary in international relations, we will consider possible retaliatory measures, — Zakharova said.
As LSM reported, the Latvian border guards asked other immigrants from Russia to sign upon entering the country a document confirming that the person condemned the special operation. In particular, one of the residents of Riga told the portal about this. Her husband, a Russian citizen living in Latvia, was leaving for his homeland for his mother's funeral. And when he returned, he was asked to sign a document condemning Russia's military actions, the woman said. According to her, her husband was told that otherwise they would not return his documents and cancel his permanent residence permit. As a result, the man signed the document.
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From the end of February, Latvia stopped issuing visas to Russians. However, at that time a number of exceptions were envisaged for humanitarian reasons. In particular, Riga continued to issue visas “in exceptional cases”, for example, to journalists who left Russia after the adoption of the law on fakes, Delfi reported.
Last week, however, Latvia decided to reduce the number of exceptions: now Russians will be able to get in only if they are going to the funeral of a loved one.