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Deputy Mayor of Riga Smiltens considered it possible to send a monument to the Liberators of the city to Russia

Vice Mayor Riga Edwards Smiltens considered it possible to send the monument to the Liberators of the city to Russia after its dismantling. He allowed such a possibility on the air of the “Details” program on the LR4 radio station, reports RIA News.

He stressed that he is not an expert on monuments, but he understands that after dismantling, the monuments are sent to a special place where they are stored until a decision is made on their future fate. Therefore, it is quite possible that at this stage the monument will be betrayed to the Russian side.

“It is quite possible that if Russia wants, it can take this monument,” Smiltens said.

Also, the vice-mayor of the Latvian capital added that the demolition of the monument could take from one to two months.

12 May the Saeima of Latvia approved a draft law that terminates Article 13 of the Latvian-Russian Treaty, which ensures the safety of memorial structures. May 13 Riga City Council at a meeting voted for the demolition of the monument to the Liberators.

Commission Chairman Federation Council for the protection of state sovereignty Andrey Klimov criticized Riga decision. In his opinion, tough measures should be introduced against Latvia for this, including economic ones.

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