Politics expert: Latvia can breathe sigh of relief after Helsinki summit

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Latvia can breathe a sigh of relief following the Helsinki summit between the presidents of Russia and the US, as Donald Trump has not promised Vladimir Putin to withdraw US forces from Europe and the Baltics, politics expert Mārtiņš Hiršs told LTV June 16.

Reminding that in June Trump single-handedly changed US foreign policy in Eastern Asia after meeting the leader of North Korea, Hiršs pointed out that the worst scenario for Latvia hasn't come true.

"The biggest worries -- that something would change in mutual relations [between Latvia and the US] -- haven't come true," said Hiršs, a researcher at the state-run Center for Security and Strategic Research.

Nevertheless, Hiršs concurred that Russia has emerged as the winner of the summit, seeing as Trump blamed everyone except Russia for deteriorating relationships between the two countries.

Meanwhile Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took to Twitter to voice his views on what the meeting means:

"I wouldn't rush to conclusions as concerns... the summit right now. As is usual, we are expecting to receive a detailed overview from the US to its NATO allies. Principle-based dialogue should be supported, and the specifics are important."

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