Monday, March 20, 2017

Rezekne, Latvia, Frets About Trump NATO Stance, War With Russia

REZEKNE, Latvia — Elina Zujane's hometown is no stranger to war. Now she fears President Donald Trump may spark another.

"Of course we worry about it. Come on, it's our country," says the 21-year-old marketing student while having lunch in her college's gray-walled cafeteria. "If something does go wrong, we are really near to Russia so we will be the first ones to find out." 

Zujane lives in Rezekne, a Latvian town of around 30,000 people that is located just 23 miles from the Russian border.

On the shifting frontier between East and West, Rezekne has served as history's battleground for at least 1,000 years. It has been destroyed and rebuilt by everyone from German knights in the 13th century to the warring Nazis and Russians who flattened it during World War II.

Once part of the Soviet Union, Latvia gained membership of both NATO and the European Union since the turn of the century. 

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Source: NBC News

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