Speaking on the private television station LNT, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš has repeated an invitation to Vladimir Putin issued by his predecessor in 2010.

Andris Sprūdžs, director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, rejects the idea in the daily Diena:

The statements regarding a visit to Latvia by Putin pose the question of whether the president can even think clearly. In the current situation, in which Russia has been suspended from the G8 and additional military aircraft have been relocated to the Baltic countries, a visit by Putin is clearly out of the question. The German chancellor recently said that Putin has lost touch with reality. Now the same goes for our president.


Photo: Latvian President Andris Bērziņš | Archive