Latvia is begging Russia do return transit and to stop diverting it to Ust Luga and elsewhere.
What I don't understand is why Latvia thought it could continue to be the trade corridor for Russian goods after it had multiple anti Russia tantrums and a noisy separation.
Surely a country that is in HATO and the EU... you know... living the dream... should be cutting off Russian trade themselves, not begging not to be bypassed...
As mentioned they made their bed so now they need to learn how to cope with a future without Russian subsidies and support... I would think the EU will route trade through their ports to help... or they need to revise their focus on ports and trade and transport and look at some other way of making money for a living.
It is demented chutzaph. For some reason these Baltic statelets which owe their very existence to trade decided that trade
is a force of nature and not something they could kill with their attitude problems. Only a full bore retard would think that Russia
couldn't build its own ports and the necessary infrastructure. But this is exactly the delusion of delusions that these clowns
have had since the 1990s. Russia was supposed to be too poor and corrupt to bypass them and stay that way forever if not
There was a robust trade through the Russian river system between northern Europe and Central Asia, reaching the Middle East
and even the Orient. This history is forgotten in the west because the west is a narcissistic joke.
Actually using the ports of Riga in Latvia and or Klapeida in Lituania made sense for the soviet union and imperial Russia due to their position. The funny thing is that if Russia had conquered Riga from Sweden 2 or 3 decades earlier, saint Petersburg might have never been founded, as they could have used Riga as imperial capital.
Anyway, if you look at a map it is impossibile for a central european nation to feel the need to use the ports from the baltic states. Poland has its own ports, for czech republich and slovakia polish and german ports are much nearer and could also consider using Rotterdam, or even Trieste in the Adriatic sea (that is instead the first choice for Austria).
For Russia it made sense to use the ports of Riga and Klapeida when they were part of the same country, also because a lit of infrastructure was built there.
Now not anymore. If they did not pursue an antirussian policy, never tried to use it as a leverage against Russia and continued developing their ports and maintaining and modernising the infrastructure with the money they got from the trades and port usage, I am sure that Russia Russia would have gladly continued using Riga and Klapeida ports, even if this would have meant less investment into its own infrastructure.
Now even if the situation would change and a prorussian government would appear in Latvia and Lithuania it is too late. Russia has spent too much money building and improving its own ports, rail systems, roads ,etc.
The only country for which is geographically convenient to use the ports in the Baltic states is bielorussia, but it is only marginally closer then Ust Luga (Minsk to Riga is about 400 km, while Minsk to Ust Luga is around 650km], and there is a non EU- EU state border in addition.
Anyway Russia has made clear to Bielorussian leadership that they cannot continue get money and cheap gas and oil from Russia and then spend money to use services from Russia's enemies. Furthermore with their attempted coup sponsored fronm poland and from the baltic statelets last summer, unless tikonovskaya manage to actually organize a takeover of bielorussia, there is much less chance that the bielorussian government would like to make them any favour.