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Russia blasts Denmark for ‘anti-Russian’ actions

Ambassador Vanin hopes hostile Danes will change their ways

Mikhail Vanin laments Denmark’s anti-Russian moves (photo: Christian Wenande)
May 27th, 2016 8:47 am| by Christian W

According to Mikhail Vanin, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, the Danes often lead the way when it comes to taking action against the interests of Russia.

Just last week plans were revealed to station 150 Danish soldiers in Estonia in order to beef up the NATO defensive line in the Baltic region.

“Denmark is always leading the way in every anti-Russian campaign,” Vanin told Politiken newspaper. “When there are sanctions against Russia, Denmark are among the first to sign on. If it’s about sending forces to Russia’s border, Denmark leads the way.”

“It is a provocation and there will of course be a Russian answer. Not aggressive, but we will strengthen our defence and defence ability because of it. We can’t support that decision.”

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Danes must change
Vanin wouldn’t describe Denmark as being an all-out enemy of Russia, but rather one of a number of nations that are behaving in a very hostile manner.

The ambassador contended that, while it was important for the two nations to end their hostilities towards one another, it is Denmark and not Russia that must change its ways.

It’s not the first time that Vanin has voiced a controversial opinion in the media regarding Denmark. Late last year, he warned that Danish warships could become the target of Russian nukes, should the country participate in NATO’s missile defence.