Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Latvia detects Russian warplanes near its borders

    Two Russian Su-27 aircraft were detected near the border of Latvia, as reported on Twitter by the National Armed Forces of the country.

    The message says that the Latvian planes while on a patrol duty above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea noticed two Su-27 fighters from Russian Armed Forces flying near the Latvia’s sea border.

    In October, the Latvian military reported that a ship and a submarine of the Russian Navy had been seen near Latvia's borders. According to the National Armed …

  • Latvia to pass a law giving equal recognition to those who fought against either the USSR or Nazi Germany

    The Latvian Saeima has approved, on its second reading, a draft law on awarding the status of participant in the Second World War, Delfi news agency reports.

    As stated in the law’s commentary, the goal of this step is to recognize the merits of Latvian citizens who participated in this global conflict, regardless of who they fought against: Nazi Germany and its allies, or against the USSR.

    Additionally, the law stipulates that Latvia does not bear legal responsibility for crimes committed by …

  • Latvia detects Russian warplanes and warships near its borders

    On Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, the Latvian National Armed Forces recorded the presence of a Russian plane and Russian Navy ships near Latvian borders, reported Delfi.

    On October 28, in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia, 14 miles off Latvian coast, armed forces identified the Russian Sura-class buoy tender Kilektor-1 ship. On October 27, the Viktor Konetsky tug boat was recorded 16 miles off Latvian coast.

    NATO patrol aircraft also identified yesterday a Russian Air Force An-27 …

  • Latvia detects Russian warships near its borders

    Three Russian warships were sighted near the Latvian border, the National Armed Forces of the Republic stated on Twitter.

    "In the Latvian exclusive economic zone, 18 nautical miles from territorial waters, on October 21, the Navy identified the Bira-class supply ship Irgiz of the Russian Armed Forces," the statement says.

    It also notes that 13 nautical miles from the territorial waters of the republic, a Russian Sura-class buoy tender Kilektor 1 was seen, and at six nautical miles, a Smolny- …

  • Silver Arrow 2017 NATO exercises began in Latvia

    NATO’s latest large military exercise “Silver Arrow 2017” was launched in Latvia, according to the website of Latvia’s Ministry of Defense.

    Silver Arrow will be attended by servicemen from 11 allied countries, including Albania, the United States, Estonia, Italy, Canada, Latvia, Britain, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Germany. About 3,500 people will participate.

    The aim of the exercises is for the Latvian Armed Forces and the military of the allies to work out "tasks vital for the defense of …

  • Daughter of Putin’s university teacher suggests that Latvia should impose sanctions on her father

    Former top manager of PhosAgro, Igor Sychev, and the daughter of the rector of the St. Petersburg National Mineral Resources University, Vladimir Litvinenko and former Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, Olga Litvinenko, gave a speech to the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), as she indicated by Dozhd (Rain) TV.

    Sychev and Litvinenko addressed the deputies of the Saeima and representatives of the Support for Russian Civil Society group. They discussed the methods that the Russian …

  • Latvia receives 65 combat reconnaissance armored vehicles from Britain

    The Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) received 65 out of 123 caterpillar combat reconnaissance armored cars from the UK. This was accomplished as part of a military equipment purchase agreement made between the two countries in 2014, as reported by Baltnews citing the press service of Latvian Ministry of Defense.

    The project to mechanize the land forces of the Latvian Army is divided into several phases and stages. The acquisition of 123 armored vehicles is stipulated as part of this project. …

  • Latvia expressed support for Ukrainian law on education

    The Minister of Education and Science of Latvia, Kārlis Šadurskis, said Ukraine’s decision regarding the language issue in the context of the new law on education is understandable, according to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    "The steps taken by Ukraine to ensure students learn the State language as part of their educational system are understandable," Šadurskis said in Riga during a meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin.

    The Latvian …

  • Latvia: During Zapad-2017 exercises Russia rehearsed a blockade of the Baltics

    The Ministry of Defense of Latvia has not yet released an official assessment of the Russia-Belarus joint exercises but Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Bergmanis informed Delfi news agency that many facts point to the Baltic blockade scenario being worked out already.

    Zapad 2017 officially ended on September 20. Although the active phase of the exercises is over, the Russian armed forces activities will continue, Bergmanis said. He noted that much attention was drawn to the exercises and, …

  • Latvian Security Police have developed a guide for government employees on how to recognize spies

    The Latvian Security Police has developed recommendations for government officials on the detection of spies, reported DIENA newspaper.

    Civil servants were advised to pay more attention to foreigners who behave too affably and who try to move on to an informal style of communication. Also, officials should treat those foreigners who ask a lot of questions about the situation in the country, at work, or about their personal financial situation, with caution.

    The Latvian security police noted …