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    BBC Two Show About Hypothetical WWIII ‘Dangerous Provocation’

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    Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.

    RIGA (Sputnik) – The BBC program explores a hypothetical WWIII scenario, where Russia invades Latvia after Russian nationalists boil over their lack of self-determination in Latvia. Russia then launches a nuclear strike on the British military.

    "We consider this TV-program a dangerous provocation. I’ve been working in Latvia for 8 years and do not know of any separatist organization here," Veshnyakov said in an official commentary on the Embassy’s Facebook page.

    According to Veshnyakov, the TV program scenario pursues a purely political agenda.

    "This scenario is absolutely contrived, going after political goals: first, to engage in an information war to demonize Russia. Second, to justify the needs of the military-political lobby to increase the spending of NATO in Europe more than 4 times. Third, to discredit any political forces in Latvia, in Europe, that treat Russia without bias."

    Relations between Russia and the West worsened in 2014, when the United States, the European Union and some other Western countries accused Moscow of fueling the Ukrainian crisis, and imposed economic sanctions against it.

    Russia’s relations with NATO also deteriorated. NATO has been increasing its presence in Eastern Europe since Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014 following a referendum the West refused to recognize as legitimate, instead blaming Moscow for violating Ukraine's territorial integrity. Russia has denied the allegations and has repeatedly stated that the bloc's increased activities near its borders undermine regional and international stability.

    NATO-Russia Council's work was suspended on April 1, 2014, after the alliance's foreign ministers issued a statement condemning Crimea's reunification with Russia.

    In January, media reports emerged claiming that the alliance was discussing a possible invitation of Russia to the first formal talks since the deterioration of NATO-Russia relations in 2014. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg had previously brought up the subject of reconvening the NATO-Russia Council to be used as a tool for political dialogue.

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    • avatar
      all that the idiot bbc team needs to do is to watch 'The Wargame' a docudrama from the early '70's I believe. Then they wouldn't need to make this drivel.
    • Matrix 68
      LOL ! The western "partners" are truly losing it. They need to stop smoking crack and come back to earth!
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      Russian speakers / descendants in latvia are about 24%? Why would Russia invade for so few. It could easily bring them home so to speak. The basic premise is flawed and as stated, politicised (stupidity). The producers / writers have failed the core test for any story; suspension of disbelief.
    • Kim Kyu-Un
      Nuclear Weapons were built to be used, not as a bluff.
      Eventually, they will press the button,
      just need to come up with the right excuse.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      No one will walk away unscathed if WW III were to break out. All sides will give a good punch and receive a death blow.
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      The danger here, obviously, is not the reaction, but the back lash. Not only will the reactors be blind, but now they will be led by the blind. It was Paul, the apostle, who warned the Galatian christians of the devises of the Judaizers. He tells them that the Jew will invite them into discussions about their Christianity that is meant to confuse and to destroy. They will remind them, as Jews. of their first loyalties, loyalties that even they, the Judaizers, would, and did not believe in themselves. When you have seen the shell game played long enough, as an observer, the first thing you do is take away the two shells that you know the pea is not under. Then you make the huckster prove, to everyone watching, that the one left HAS the pea. It will not, because it is in the hand of the gamester. It is what BBC is advocating; "Prove that we are wrong." No, make them prove that they are right.
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      marcanhaltin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Michael, if the experience with the SU-24 did not teach us anything, it taught us that Russian will go to great lengths for just two of their own. Georgia taught us the same thing when the odds were overwhelmingly against Russia getting involved where there are Russian citizens. It would be superficial for Putin to be touting national security within its borders, if he is not also willing to protect one life outside of those same borders. Example? The Russian pilot, Konstantin Yaroshenko.
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      michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, fair enough comments. So a couple of thoughts;
      1. there is already in place a programme for any Russian expatriot anywhere in the world to return to the Rodina and have accommodation, jobs, re-training, schooling for children etc provided free. Where then is the motivation of the 'Russian Nationalists'?
      2. Rescuing individuals or small groups is one thing, dealing with populations is another. Take Crimea as an example, the re-unification was done by law after a referendum. South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the other hand required military intervention but they in turn seceded from Georgia at the time of the Georgian country coming into being in '91(?) They were de facto states and they had their own military force which was fighting against the Georgians. To me the case in latvia cannot be compared.
      3. what the scenario suggests to me is that some civilian with no military background did some reading and said; hey, let's imagine a contemporary sudetenland scenario for the Russians. This then is reinforced by...
      4. a nuclear strike. Upping the ante like that is reckless and not something that I believe would come from the president. What it does show is the writer's inability to think like a Russian and as others have said it is a provocation.
      For the above reasons, my suspension of disbelief regarding this scenario is non-existant.
      5. a final point is supportive of the ambassador's point. Every now and again there is provocation by balts toward the Russian community, what happens? Nothing. There is no counter and so there is no 'history' to base the programme's assertions upon.
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