President: Public opinion shows long-term effects of propaganda

The poll, which shows that a third of the Latvian population believes that Ukraine should accept compromises, reflects the fragmentation of Latvian society and the influence of long-term Russian propaganda, President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs said in an interview on Latvian Television Friday morning.

Two years after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, an SKDS poll shows that one in three, or 34.3% of the population, would rather support a cessation of hostilities, even if Ukraine has to make compromises in its name, LTV's program "What's happening in Latvia?" reported.

Commenting on the poll, Rinkēvičs said:

"When we start to look at how it all breaks down, then, of course, we see clearly that to a large extent, public opinion also reflects our fragmentation, the influence of Russian propaganda, the lasting influence," Rinkēvičs said.

At the same time, the President pointed to the general mood of the people: "Of course, everyone wants peace. Everybody wants maybe not a perfect peace, but some kind of compromise and no missiles flying."

Rinkēvičs also stressed that Ukraine itself has defined its strategy for victory.

"Only the Ukrainians themselves can make peace, not us, whatever we think here", he said.

He recalled the criteria expressed by the Ukrainian President: regaining control over the entire territory of Ukraine, punishing the aggressor, and making reparations.

He also warned that if Ukraine did not win and Russia was given a respite, war would resume. "Yes, it may seem that a ceasefire could be something very good and maybe even lasting. But let's remember what happened after the so-called Minsk agreement of 2014 - there was a certain truce for a couple of years, although there was no real peace in eastern Ukraine and shooting, fighting continued, and then in 2022 came a full-scale invasion. From this point of view, we need to continue to explain why it is necessary to support Ukraine, why an imperfect peace is not possible," Rinkēvičs said.

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