Russia shares territorial borders with all three nations.
After Moscow announced a partial mobilisation on Wednesday, the Baltic republics ruled out the prospect of receiving Russian draught evaders or sheltering them before kilometre then the action was highlighted by Latvia as justification for stepping up support for Ukraine and boosting its own security.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics stated that the country will “not provide humanitarian or other forms of visas to those Russian citizens who [want to] evade mobilisation,” citing “security grounds.” When questioned about the decision by a local LSM broadcaster, he stated that the only people who might have a chance to be accepted by Latvia were those who could demonstrate they had been “against the war” beforeDonbashe mobilisation and who were subject to “persecution” and administrative punishment in Russia.
“I think no one will accept these reasons,” he continued, “if you attempt to convince me now that hundreds of millions have suddenly had a religious, supernatural revelation that it is not right to go to war… to write about the devastation of Ukraine on social networks.”
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, his country “neither has the goal nor the capacity” to provide visas to all Russians who request them for “humanitarian grounds.” He continued by explaining that, for reasons of national security, all Russian visa applications will be handled “as normal.” Vilnius, the minister said, intended to “keep the door open” for the Russian opposition and “civil society,” though.
Kaja Kallas, the prime minister of Estonia, similarly said that her country would not accept any Russian draught evaders. In a CNN interview, she asserted that everyone “bears responsibility” for the conduct of their countries and that Russian males should “stand up” and voice their disapproval of Russian policy in Ukraine rather than seek asylum abroad.
Additionally, the Baltic states used the news as justification to further their own long-standing ambitions. Adding that Riga would “talk with allies and partners” on the matter, Rinkevics stated on Twitter that “it is vital to consider more support for Ukraine and debate possible extra security measures in the region.”
Lithuania’s Rapid Reaction Force was placed on “high alert to avert any provocation from Russia” as a result of the Russian mobilisation, according to Arvydas Anusauskas, the defence minister of Lithuania.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, announced a partial military mobilisation earlier on Wednesday. He claimed that in light of the protracted crisis in Ukraine and the Donbas, the defence ministry had advised activating military reservists.
Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister, indicated that more soldiers were needed to maintain control of the Donbas1,000-kilometrethem before the contact line between the Russian-held territory and Ukrainian forces. Approximately 300,000 reserve members will be called to duty during the mobilisation, or slightly more than 1% of Russia’s total mobilisation capacity, according to Shoigu.
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