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Baltic States use sanctions as a part of politics

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On October, 10, leader of the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh called for the lifting of economic sanctions against Russia, but at the same time maintaining of political ones.

The politician noted that, despite the sanctions, "Russian coal abides in Poland, and the Germans negotiate with Russia."

According to Kosinyak-Kamysh, economic restrictions did not change the situation in the Donbass.

The politician also emphasized that other countries, unlike Poland, easily make contacts with Russia. "Everyone gets along with Russia, and should we look at this?" he said.

Earlier, French Communist Party (FCP) national secretary and National Assembly deputy Fabien Roussel also called for taking a course towards lifting sanctions against Russia.

Moreover, Mike Moring, the head of the Christian Democratic Union (Germany), said in September that his country suffered significant losses from Russia's counter-sanctions imposed in response to European restrictive measures.

As you can see, many European countries have already realized the futility and fallacy of the policy of sanctions against Russia. It does not bring results and is very expensive for supporters of sanctions.

However, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia do not follow the European states in an attempt to dialogue and continue to be short-sighted in relation with the Kremlin. And this, despite the fact that Poland is the main ally and neighbor of Lithuania and Latvia, is already striving to improve relations with Russia.

Due to its russophobia and the imposition of sanctions, the Baltic States loose Russia as a partner.

As a result, Moscow purposefully refuses to trade with them. The Baltic countries have been an important link in the conveyance of Russian goods to Western Europe and other countries. Now it is crumbling. Three new ports in the Leningrad region almost eliminated transit traffic through the Baltic republics.

Thus, according to the latest data, the cargo turnover in the Port of Riga for the last nine months of 2019 has decreased by 10.5% to 23.915 million tons compared to the same period last year. And this is just the beginning.

It is remarkable that because of such a policy, the economic and social situation in the Baltic countries is close to crisis. This led to the fact almost a half of all young people left Latvia.

As Deputy Director of Social Statistics Department at Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia Baiba Zukula noted this week: "In 2009 the share of youth was 11%. Now it is only 6.4% of the population of Latvia, and this is the second lowest rate in the European Union."

It's known that the Baltic youth are increasingly leaving their home countries in search of a better life. The reduction in the number of residents of working age leads to a rapid "aging" of society. The Baltic countries are in the top of states, where every fourth employee is of the pre-retirement or retirement age.

Obviously, such a situation is a consequence of the tough anti-Russian policy of the Baltic's governments against Russia.

However, if the Baltic republics decide to be friends with Russia, then Moscow will not change its plans to provide assistance to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. This is a flip side of sanctions.

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