Latvian Election Results Underscore Regional Tensions With Russia

A Latvian man casts his ballot papers at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Oct. 4, 2014 (AP photo by Roman Koksarov).
A Latvian man casts his ballot papers at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Oct. 4, 2014 (AP photo by Roman Koksarov).

Last weekend, Latvia’s ruling coalition maintained its majority in parliamentary elections that were held against the backdrop of continued harassment from Russia. Latvia and its two Baltic neighbors, Estonia and Lithuania—all former Soviet republics and current members of NATO and the European Union—have watched Russia’s intervention in Ukraine with escalating concern. While NATO’s Article 5 obligates the entire alliance to come to the defense of the Baltics in the event of a Russian attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been testing the limits of that commitment. In recent months, Russia has captured an Estonian intelligence officer in a cross-border raid, […]

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