“What Is Dead May Never Die,” says Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as Moscow downgrades its relations with Tallinn and Riga
The chairman of Russia’s State Duma has accused the Baltic international locations of taking orders from Washington and Brussels and shedding their independence, after Moscow downgraded its relations with Latvia and Estonia.
“What Is Dead May Never Die,” Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, quoting from George R.R. Martin’s novel “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which was tailored into the favored HBO TV collection “Game of Thrones”.
Earlier this week, Russia lowered its diplomatic relations with Estonia to the extent of prices d’affaires and each international locations expelled one another’s ambassadors. Before that, Moscow was ordered to drastically scale back its personnel working on the Russian embassy in Tallinn. Latvia, in solidarity with Estonia, has additionally mentioned it should downgrade its ties with Russia. Relations with Lithuania have been scaled again in April final 12 months.
Volodin claimed in his put up that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have misplaced their sovereignty and are ignoring the pursuits of their very own individuals, whereas indulging in Russophobia.
“Representatives of the local leadership compete to see who will oppose Russia more harshly,” he wrote, whereas accusing the Baltic nations of violating human rights, infringing upon nationwide minorities, and forbidding them from talking their native languages. Meanwhile, impartial journalists and human rights activists are persecuted, the speaker claimed.
“Cooperation with these countries is impossible due to the loss of their independence. The decision to lower the level of diplomatic relations with Estonia and Latvia should have been made long ago,” Volodin mentioned, including that “the dead cannot die twice.”
After the announcement that Moscow was scaling again its relations with Estonia, Russia’s Foreign Ministry launched an announcement claiming that Tallinn had elevated “total Russophobia and cultivation of hostilities towards Russia” to the extent of state coverage, and accused the Estonian authorities of “deliberately destroying” bilateral relations.
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