A Russian official warned that any alleged discrimination against Russian-speaking minorities in Baltic countries could lead to “far-reaching, unfortunate consequences.” Konstantin Dolgov, the human-rights ombudsman of the Russian foreign ministry, alleged in a speech Saturday in Latvia that “entire segments of the Russian world” were being mistreated. Ironically, Russia has a less-than-stellar human-rights record itself. However, Russia has long claimed that Russian-speaking minorities are treated as second-class citizens in Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, which are now all members of NATO. Dolgov’s ominous statement, published Monday, has raised fears that Russia will try to stoke tensions in these countries as a pretext to annexation, just as it did in Ukraine.
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