Baltic states rule out asylum for Russian draft-dodgers — Analysis
After Moscow’s partial mobilization announcement on Wednesday, the Baltic countries have rejected any offer to accept Russian draft dodgers. Some also mentioned the mobilization to support Ukraine’s cause and increase their security.
“Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other types of visas to those Russian citizens who [seek to] avoid mobilization,” Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics saidA tweet was sent Wednesday citing “security reasons.”He said, “Only those who were able to prove that they were LSM-certified could make this decision.” “against the war”Before the mobilization, and who faced “persecution”Latvia might be open to accepting administrative punishment from Russia.
“If you try to tell me now that hundreds of thousands have suddenly received a religious, divine revelation that it is not good to go to war … to write about the destruction of Ukraine on social networks, then I think no one will accept these arguments,”He stated.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told his nation’s media on Wednesday that Lithuania had “neither the goal nor the capacity”To issue visas to Russians who request them “humanitarian reasons.”He continued to say that visas from Russia will be processed for all applicants “as usual,”in relation to national security. Vilnius, however, wanted to be minister. “keep the door open”For the Russian opposition “civil society.”
Kaja Kallas (Estonian Prime Minister) also declared that Russia would not allow draft dodgers to enter Estonia. All persons “bear responsibility”She argued that their countries are accountable for their actions in an interview with CNN. Additionally, she said that Russian men must be responsible “stand up”They should protest Russian actions in Ukraine and not seek refuge in foreign countries.
Baltic countries also saw the partial mobilization of Russia’s troops as an opportunity to strengthen their security and international support for Ukraine. “It is necessary to discuss further support for Ukraine and discuss possible additional security measures in the region,”Rinkevics saidOn Twitter, Riga was mentioned as an option. “consult with allies and partners”More information on this issue.
Lithuania’s Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas cited the Russian mobilization that is supposedly expected to take place near Lithuanian borders – in the Russian Kaliningrad exclave – as a reason to put Lithuania’s Rapid Reaction Force “on high alert to prevent any provocation from Russia.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin had announced an earlier partial mobilization on Wednesday. Putin stated that the defense ministry recommended that military reservists be drawn into active service during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Sergey Shoigu, the Defense Minister explained that more troops were needed for the control of the 1,000-km-long line connecting the Russian-held regions and Ukrainian forces. According to Shoigu, the mobilization would involve calling to arms some 300,000 reservists, or just over 1% of Russia’s full mobilization potential.
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