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    Russia afraid of being infected by Ukraine democracy – Latvia PM

    Russia’s ruling regime is extremely afraid of democracy spreading across its territory, which is why Moscow is now so aggressive towards Ukraine.

    This position was outlined on January 19 by the Prime Minister of Latvia Arturs Krisjanis Karins during a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, Channel 24 reports with reference to Polska Agencja Prasowa.

    “Democracy is contagious. It is an attractive idea because it is the people, not autocrats, who decide who runs the country and in which direction to move,” Karins said, recalling that Latvia and Poland are well aware of the value of democracy as they had long been part of the so-called “zone of influence” of the Soviet Union in Europe, being actually occupied by Moscow.

    “Ukrainians have also chosen this path, and are now determining their fate without outside instructions. This is a threat that the Kremlin has really felt, and that is why Russia is trying to destabilize Ukraine,” said the Latvian prime minister.

    In addition, the head of the Latvian government stated that Russia is already attacking Europe, using gas supplies as leverage. So, in his opinion, it is high time for the countries of the continent to think about how to become independent of Russian energy resources.

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