14:25 May. 12, 2016
Alexander Veshnyakov accused Latvian journalists of starting propaganda war against Russia
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Russian Ambassador Alexander Veshnyakov on Thursday, May 12. Riga demanded answers from the ambassador after he claimed Latvian journalists "deliberately demonised Russia".
"State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andrejs Pildegovics called this statement unacceptable. He expressed disappointment Veshnyakov wasn't able to "understand the processes in Latvia", local media outlet Delfi reported.
Pildegovics also said, the illegal occupation of Crimea and crisis in eastern Ukraine negatively affected the relations between Riga and Moscow.
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Earlier Veshnyakov claimed, Latvian journalists started a "propaganda war against Russia".
"The goal is to weaken Russia, by whatever means necessary, it seems. The examples are right here, the recent BBC movie and another film, called "The Master Plan", directed here in Latvia", Veshnyakov said.
The ambassador also stated, Latvia was trying to "falsify history" by revealing the cost of the damage, caused by the Soviet Union after the country was occupied by the communists.
Earlier BBC published a movie about the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. The film implied Moscow was involved in the crash.
The "Master Plan" documentary, directed in Latvia, described the hybrid war tactics, used by the Kremlin after the war against Georgia in 2008.