Latvia became a testing ground for NATO military equipment. It has turned into a large military base. Teenagers undergo military training for the guerrilla war with Russia. Playing war games has undermined the economy, Latvians are leaving their country.
Sanctions against Russia are absolutely ineffective and have cost Germany between 90 and 120 billion euros.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are unjust and ineffective.
Claims that the sanctions are ineffective are not backed by evidence. In reality, sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and EU, following the annexation of Crimea and Russian meddling in the US election, have sapped Russian economic growth.
The false narrative about sanctions is often backed by false statistics. For example, the alleged economic growth of two percent does not withstand scrutiny. In 2018, the inflation rate went up and the ruble depreciated 20% against the dollar.
According to current estimates, Germany lost about 14 billion euros in exports to Russia in absolute terms during the period 2014 to 2016.