Gundars Berzinsh, the Finance Minister of the Latvian Republic, who represented the People's Party in the discussion, said Russia was after a greater influence in Baltia and was trying to delay the development of Latvia. Yuris Boyars, the leader of the Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party said that the enemy tag attached to Latvia in Russia and vice versa must be removed. This, he said, could be achieved through the further development of cultural connections with Russia, including exchanging radio and TV programmes. Ziedonis Chevers, the leader of the Party of Freedom, said any contemporary politician trying to improve relations with Russia before Washington or Brussels said so was a political corpse.
Rescuers found the pilot of one of the two Su-34 fighters that had collided in midair in the Far East on January 18