Latvia Joins Countries Boycotting Russia’s Winter World Military Games in Sochi

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Latvian athletes will boycott the third Winter World Military Games in Russia’s resort city of Sochi set for February 22-28, Latvian media reported on Thursday, citing the country’s Defense Ministry.

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RIGA (Sputnik) — According to the NRA online newspaper, while 22 countries have confirmed their participation, Latvia has decided not to send its athletes to the games.

Such NATO member states as the United States, Canada and Norway have also refused to participate, the newspaper reported.

According to the Latvian Defense Ministry, the country’s athletes will boycott the games due to Russia’s doping scandal and its alleged aggression in eastern Ukraine, the newspaper added.

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