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Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine


Putin’s deranged regime has branded Latvia a ‘neo-Nazi’ state in a chilling echo of Moscow’s threats against Ukraine after the Baltic state declared May 9 a day of remembrance for victims of the Russian aggression.

In an extraordinary rant, Moscow called “blasphemous” Riga’s decision to commemorate Ukrainian war victims next month – the same day as Russia’s Victory Day to mark the surrender of Nazi Germany.

Latvian MPs passed the legislation to draw attention to “Russia’s military aggression”. Latvian national flags will be flown alongside Ukrainian flags in every residence and government building.

According to Kremlin-backed media, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision “an attempt to humiliate the Russian-speaking community living in Latvia, which cherishes the memory of the exploits of anti-fascist heroes.” .

Maria Zakharova (pictured), director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, called it “an attempt to humiliate the Russian-speaking community living in Latvia”.

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

Latvia’s Seimas passed the legislation to draw attention to “Russia’s military aggression” and will adorn national flags with a black ribbon, which will be hoisted at every residence and government building. Latvian national flags will also be hoisted alongside Ukrainian flags at Riga Castle, the Saeima building and the Cabinet of Ministers building.

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

The Russian Foreign Ministry has strongly criticized Latvia’s decision to commemorate Ukrainian war victims on May 9 and called it ‘blasphemous’ – as it is the same day that Moscow holds its annual day parade of Victory to mark the surrender of the Nazis during World War II. Pictured: Moscow Victory Day Parade, 2021

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin greets veterans ahead of a 2021 Victory Day military parade

She added: “The blasphemous decision of the Latvian parliamentarians is strongly condemned by all sensible forces not only in Russia, but all over the world.

“At the same time, this piece of legislation is not surprising, since the ruling regime in Latvia has long been known for its neo-Nazi preferences and attempts to whitewash the atrocities of Nazi Germany’s henchmen.

“Just as Riga covers in every possible way the crimes of the kyiv regime against civilians in Ukraine and Donbass. We are convinced that this story will put everything in its place.

The bill will also not allow the organization of public celebrations and stipulates that there will be no issuance of permits for public events.

It comes as a former senior Russian army officer presented a battle plan on state television that includes the Russian army’s invasion of NATO’s Baltic states and parts of the Sweden, a politically neutral country.

Speaking live on TV channel Rossiya 1, the retired Russian military colonel gestured to the map showing Gotland, Sweden’s largest island with a population of around 58,595, circled in red.

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

Colonel Igor Korochenko, a former member of the Russian General Staff and Air Force and currently a reserve officer, described on the Rossiya 1 television channel what a Russian invasion of the Baltic states could look like.

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

The map shows a plan where Russian forces would push from Kaliningrad and close the Suwalki Corridor separating Poland and Lithuania, blocking NATO reinforcements

Pointing to a map, Colonel Igor Korochenko, a former member of the Russian General Staff and Air Force and currently a reserve officer, said at the start of the invasion “a massive Russian radio-electronic strike is inflicted” because “all NATO radars go blind and see nothing”, according to the Sun.

This is what the country capture scenario could look like, he added.

Sweden has been politically neutral throughout its recent history, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought the prospect of the Nordic country’s NATO membership to the forefront of political discussions.

Russia has repeatedly threatened Sweden and Finland over NATO membership since the invasion began.

“Right now, on the Swedish island of Gotland, Russian military aircraft are landing, delivering S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and Bastion coastal anti-ship systems,” Colonel Korochenko said.

In the video, a border area called the “Suwalki hole” is shown – the gap between Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, territory that remained annexed to Germany after World War II.

Colonel Korochenko explained how Russia would push from Kaliningrad towards the Suwalki Corridor separating Poland and Lithuania, blocking NATO reinforcements from the West.

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

NATO forces take part in Cold Response exercises in Norway, which take place every two years

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

Armored vehicles from the NATO Rapid Reaction Force brigade in Norway for the military exercise Cold Response 22 arrive at Borg Havn in Fredrikstad, Norway

“The astonished West and NATO will know that Russia declares a 400 km no-fly zone,” added the enthused colonel.

The entire Baltic Sea would then be open to Russian forces, he said live on television.

The storyline ends with the new governments of the Baltic states pledging allegiance to Moscow while Sweden accepts perpetual neutrality and a 99-year lease on Gotland.

The show aired on Russian television late last year, but was published by Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashchenko.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin hopes to score a battlefield victory in eastern Ukraine within the next month so he can celebrate it at Russia’s annual Victory Day parade in Moscow.

US officials said the suspected war criminal wanted a victory to coincide with the parade in Red Square on May 9.

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

Mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launcher Yars moves through Red Square during the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War on June 24, 2020 in Moscow, Russia

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Blazing Sun) multiple thermobaric rocket launchers during the Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II June 24, 2020 in Moscow, Russia

Kremlin rants about ‘neo-Nazi’ Baltic state in chilling echo of Moscow’s threats to Ukraine

Russian servicemen march during a Victory Day military parade, which marks the 76th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2021

They said this could explain why the Russian despot’s forces withdrew from the kyiv region to concentrate on eastern Ukraine after weeks of fighting, The Times reported.

It is likely that Putin thinks that a battlefield victory in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine is more realistic because a larger part of the existing Ukrainian population is pro-Russian.

Officials also believe the relocation of Russian troops could be in anticipation of warmer weather that will make it more difficult for tanks and armored vehicles to move through the Ukrainian countryside.

They think that if Russia concentrates on eastern Ukraine, Putin’s forces could stay there for several months.

Ukrainian officials also believe the Victory Day parade will be central to Putin’s Plan B for the invasion, after the Russian tyrant’s original strategy failed.

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