Moldova Puts "Borders On Full Alert" As Latvia Admits "Society Has Fear"

Tyler Durden's picture

The activity across the entire Eastern European region is starting to rattle the nerves of more than just the well-meaning sanctionsers in Washington. Today saw Moldova:


And Latvia:

  • "The society has fear... We know what it means to be under Russia."

Both nations are also extremely divided along ethnic Russian lines and leadership is gravely concerned that any further gains by a pro-Russian force in Ukraine will either a) spill over physically into their nations; and/or b) instill confidence in the deeply divided nations' Russian-speakers.


First from Moldova, things are getting serious (as we have noted before of the region of Transnistria):


Via AP,


Moldova's government says it has placed the landlocked country's borders on alert amid unrest in neighboring Ukraine.



Top Moldovan leaders announced the move Monday in a joint statement after Ukrainian forces deployed an elite unit to the Ukrainian port of Odessa.


President Nicolae Timofti, Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and Parliament speaker Igor Coreman said in the statement that security forces were ordered "to take all necessary actions to ensure public order inside the country."


It made no reference to any specific threat.


The three met behind closed doors to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Moldova has 1,500 Russian troops stationed in a separatist republic of Trans-Dniester which recently asked to be united with Russia.

And then there is its heavily Russian Baltic neigbor which, as WSJ reports, is sharply divided...

The U.S. ambassador was trying to instill confidence in a country growing nervous. Addressing Latvian troops at this large military base last week, Mark Pekala pointed to nearby paratroopers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade and said the U.S. was locked "plecu pie pleca," or "shoulder to shoulder" with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization partner.


It was a valiant effort. But in an interview after the speech, Latvia's new defense minister, Raimonds Vejonis, offered a more sober view of the mind-set here. "The society has fear," said Mr. Vejonis, who was a biology teacher when Latvia was still under Soviet rule. "We know what it means to be under Russia."



A quarter of the population is ethnic Russian and nearly 40% of its people speak Russian as their native tongue. That gives particular resonance here to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, and anxiety about separatist violence in other parts of Ukraine. On Sunday in Odessa, a cosmopolitan port city on the Black Sea coast, the emergence of a pro-Ukraine civilian resistance group pointed to a widening civil conflict with pro-Russian activists.


In Latvia, municipal leaders are often labeled as leaning strongly toward Russian interests. What's more, a small minority of its people have refused citizenship amid naturalization hurdles.


A chief concern of the government—which is facing parliamentary elections in October—is the rise of what some officials call "provocateurs," people in the country believed to be spreading antigovernment sentiment on behalf of the Kremlin. For now, government leaders say the nation is "stable" and a new poll indicates the ruling Unity party gained substantial support among voters, with many saying they never want to compromise their status in the European Union.

And costs are adding up quickly - not for Russia or the West...

According to one televised interview, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said the West's sanctions, and countermeasures by Russia, could cost Latvia up to "hundreds of millions of euros."


Concerned, she has added closed-door discussions about those impacts to her weekly cabinet meeting. "It would be hard to find a country with greater relative exposure," said her economics minister Vjaceslavs Dombrovskis.


Even those in government, however, say the nation has a long way to go in bridging a cultural divide that has lingered for a quarter of a century and any cracks evident in the light of Ukraine run far deeper than the current crisis.

"What Ukraine reminds us of is that there are things that cannot be swept under the carpet," said Ilmars Latkovskis, the chairman of the Latvian parliament's social cohesion committee

And then there's this!!!!

The government denies any discrimination, but many Latvians still see Russians as invaders and carriers of the Soviet system; decades ago, the Soviet Union sent thousands here as part of an industrialization movement. "There's a saying here that a 'good Russian is a dead Russian,'" said Elisabete Krivcova, a 35-year-old human rights attorney and political activist. Sayings like that have long pressured ethnic Russians to bury their heritage, said Ms. Krivcova, an ethnic Russian who says she naturalized at a young age to pursue law.

But the nation is bitterly divided...

As the government cracks down more on so-called provocateurs, Nils Usakovs, the Russian-speaking mayor of Riga and leader of Harmony Center, said he worries it runs the risk of isolating the large ethnic Russian population.


"This may lead to further radicalization unfortunately, because that will propel the whole thing about nationalism from both sides."

Compared to...

Andrejs Andrejevs, an ethnic Russian living in a small town in the Latgale region, pointing to a common belief here that life on the fringe of the EU is better than being a subject of Moscow.


"Even we who live near Russia don't want to unite with Russia," says the young manager at a wood yard. "We have gotten used to a European way of life with freedom of movement."

So - who's next?

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TeamDepends's picture

But Comrade, we have your back.

strannick's picture

Latvia "society has fear".

They should be fearful. The CIA may decide to create a civil war in their nations next, and reduce them to rubble as proxy pawns in  their encirclement of Russia.

The choice is EU/IMF debt, or subsidized Russian gas. The CIA says EU/IMF. Or else.

Latina Lover's picture

As if anyone gives a shit about what happens in Moldova. I'll bet that not one in 500 hundred americans could find it on a map, much less care.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I think it's next door to Utopos (the place that cannot be).

jeff montanye's picture

the current group of leaders of the free world really recollect mark twain's comment:

"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." 

zhandax's picture

What is the other old saying?  "Never sleep with someone crazier than you."  Been a lot of that going around in politics for the last half-century.

Advoc8tr's picture

Wouldn't hurt them to brush up ... A shortage of men and regarded as having among the highest concentration of "beautiful young women" ... also ranked as the poorest I believe so your Benny bucks go a long way there.

sheikurbootie's picture

Another war?  All this from the guy who won the Nobel Peace prize! 

One And Only's picture

Fuck these niggers. Roll the tanks. We don't need "pretense" to go to war...Iraq....Afghanistan. Get the jets airborne, load up the rocket launchers and let's stimulate this fucking economy!!!!

DOGGONE's picture

The American people are severely deceived by omission, see here:
I have no good voice. Maybe you might try?

navy62802's picture

Well that little experiment with the former Soviet bloc didn't last long. From the sound of it, shit is currently hitting the fan.

European American's picture

"The society has fear... We know what it means to be under Russia."

Yeah, well wait till you get force fed a little "freedom and democracy" American style.

navy62802's picture

Nah, we prefer fascism in this region.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Prop a ganda bullshit is flying fast and thick.

Can th elines be more scripted that those above?

"We are very afraid of Russia"

"Ve Vill protect All Moldy Vans"



Oh regional Indian's picture

Funny doublespeak shit....We are all everyone now.

Hold hands so the HellFire is more effective....



Smegley Wanxalot's picture

"We have gotten used to a European way of life with freedom of movement."


So free that the western governments watch and track your every movement, intercept 100% of your communications, and now will punish you for thinking the wrong thoughts. (like the Mozilla guy or that Clippers fuckhead)

Gavrikon's picture

My Russian friends have freedom of movement.  This is tripe.

HardAssets's picture

Hype. War fear porn.

What indication have the Russians given that they want to invade Latvia ?

Yeah, there might be a war, but at this time there's no indications that any regions outside of eastern Ukraine would be involved.

ShortTheUS's picture

We have gotten used to a European way of life with freedom of movement


The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion.

Ghordius's picture

plain wrong. we are talking about Latvians, here. it's not an illusion, it's a fact that they can move free inside the EU, and this is one of the EU's four freedoms which they appreciate very much, generally speaking

Haus-Targaryen's picture

How about we discuss the free movement of capital in and out of, say, Cyprus? 

(BTW -- free movement of capital is another one of the four pillars of the EU)

Know Thein Enemy --Sun Tzu

Haus-Targaryen's picture

We won't hear back from him on this point. 

Pesky facts getting in the way of the Church of the European Union. 

Ghordius's picture

explain to me what your point is

the original comment is: "We have gotten used to a European way of life with freedom of movement"

ShortTheUS replied: "The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion."

my reply was "plain wrong. we are talking about Latvians, here. it's not an illusion, it's a fact that they can move free inside the EU, and this is one of the EU's four freedoms which they appreciate very much, generally speaking"

which part of my statement was wrong, in your opinion?

Your reply is about the fact that one of the four freedoms (of movement of capital) was suspended by the Cypriot government? WTF has this to do with Latvia? Or the freedom of movement of people inside the EU?

bring facts. your "Church of the EU" is just a juvenile trollish disinformative act of comment vandalism. prove where I ever defended a lie about what the EU is or is not if you can. and while you research what I have posted over two years you might notice that I'm not a friend of the EU as such, but this is again a different matter

Haus-Targaryen's picture

You referred to one of the Four Pillars (Jesus, I cannot believe I have to capitalize that now) and as ShortTheUS most astutely asserted – this right is only good until it no longer becomes profitable for those in charge.  Similar to Cyprus, who enjoyed the right to the free movement of capital until it became no longer profitable for those in charge, and it was thus suspended.  If the EU “had to” suspend the freedom of movement of people, or goods (think German exports) they could, as the president has been set.     The Four Pillars (ugh gag me) are more akin to suggestions than to actual pillars set in stone, and can revoked, or as you said suspended – at any time. 

What does it have to do with Latvia?  What these Latvians currently enjoy can be taken away from them at a moment’s notice, and not necessarily by the Russians, but by their own government”s” as well. 

The Church of the EU is a spot on analogy.  There is precious little tangible benefits that support it, its believers can normally not accurately articulate what those benefits are, and when confronted with facts that are contrary to their belief they drawl on, on some ad hominem about EuroSkeptics, or in the alternative, they start to assert their personal beliefs about “European Solidarity” or “European Unity” or some other nonsense, and use their personal beliefs about the project as a basis for its existence as opposed to evidence supporting it. 

Its sad really. 

Ghordius's picture

In Cyprus it was the elected Cypriot President, backed by three pre-approved generic laws by the elected Cypriot Parliament who - against the advice of the Cypriot National Bank - suspended the free movement of capital

I wrote this quite often in ZH, if I have time for this I can give you links to the sources

yes, Latvians are the citizens of a sovereign nation that is member of the EU. perhaps you should realize what the EU really is

of course the Latvian's Four Freedoms are contingent on Latvia-the-nation-state upkeeping them

we aren't a bloody federation. at most, we are a proto-confederation

possibly this will lead to hate the EU more. or not. your feelings are yours

are you accusing to use ad hominems against you? and by the way, I dislike those euro-federalists you dub The Church of EU, and I find that in part you are a victim of some of their propaganda (or that part that is recycled by AfD 'cause there is nothing that works better than a lie from the adversary)

mendigo's picture

These countries are like old whores fearing the men will take advantage of them.


Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Does Mr. Vejonis know what it means to be under DC?

intric8's picture

Apparently not. These target countries are being led down the primrose path laden with candy apples and sugar canes that will eventually come out of their own napsack full of supplies. Thats the way it is when countries are beholden central banking that the fed res and imf have to offer. The initial temptation is attractive but the long term implications are frightening.

Russia senses all regional countries are being targeted by the west, so can anyone blame them for wanting to take a stand? Warbamas people are probably planning to create anti russian sentiment in other areas so that ukraine doesnt seem like like an isolated incident. They have the money and resources to pull it off. Imagine if the nsa has dossiers - dirt on many prominent politicians in these countries to coerce them further in case the payoffs dont work.

Just when we think we have things figured out and are guessing the next move, we realize that we are steps behind in the game. Ah, putin. Russia.

JuliaS's picture

With such abundance of freedom across Eurasia, Snowden must've had a real hard time choosing an asylum.


El Vaquero's picture

I think Snowden picked Russia because of something about a lack of extradition treaties and standing up to the US.  Or something.

pods's picture

Maybe the policians are pimping themselves out for some IMF loot?

Has Nudleman been handing out cookies anywhere else?


Hongcha's picture

Ding ding ding this round goes to pods.

jeff montanye's picture

syria? syria just feels right.

Millivanilli's picture

Si Se Puede!


The globalist want to destroy the nation state, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.


Amnesty to illegal aliens, "an act of Love"  Jeb Bush


1/6 six mother fuckin Americans is on food stamps, but it is a god damn recovery.   

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

This is desperate Zionist Jew bullshit propaganda.

Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia at the end of the day will side with Russia when the NATO shit instigators "hit the fan hard"...

By the way where is Urmas Paet these days???

The_Prisoner's picture

Get ready for freedom of movement, TSA-style.

Polymarkos's picture

All those little countries SHOULD have created an anti-Russian pact, along with Poland and Finland. If they created a tight alliance, they might've stood a chance. Instead, they were pulling their puds hoping NATO would pick up the tab. Now they get to pay for their folly.

25or6to4's picture

Agreed. Nordic, Baltic and Eastern Europe should all have their regional defense pacts outside of NATO. No sending of troops to such European theaters as Afganistan and Libya.

HardAssets's picture

Rolling tanks is so old fashioned. Why would you want to destroy the resources and the debt serfs that are there to serve you ?  Much better to send in politicians & lawyers to steal their sovereignty. Conquest without destruction of valuable capital & you can get the enemies armies & police to do the dirty work for you without even knowing it.

intric8's picture

Precisely. They dont need a sword, they can accomplish all of that with a pen.

They're robbing americans heavily through monetary inflation. Statist law after law is being enacted, from obama care to common core while other laws serve to protect the statists. Right under our noses.The sheeple are thus preserved as a viable means of production, ie serfdom, while being subjugated beyond redemption. We are close to the point of no return.

homonohumanus's picture

You are completely blind to the "forces" behind EU.

All the pro Eu political leaders are betrayors to their country and people.


Why don't European countries with close languages and/or History do this or this?

That type of question makes no sense, they don't because there is EU and its mightful and dangerous promoters, its purpose is completely different than what people want or think it is.


Rock On Roger's picture

Ya they'll pay

Nato will invade them

And IMF will demand

Blood for Money.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Moldova matters.

Latvia does not (Latvia?  It's 1000 km from Kiev).

Moldova's breakaway region would be the logistics source for forces taking Odessa, and make no mistake here -- if Odessa goes pro Russia the game is over.