Contents tagged with Latvia

  • 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 …

  • 3 Russian warships detected near Latvian borders

    "Three Russian warships have been detected in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia – the Andromeda, the Kilektor 1 and the Bira," the National Armed Forces of Latvia reported on their official Twitter page.

    According to the Delfi news agency, last year Russian aircraft and ships approached the borders of the Baltic Republic 209 times, which is about ten times less than a year earlier.

    The joint Russian and Belarusian strategic military exercises, Zapad 2017, are currently under way. Earlier, …

  • Latvia begins senior NATO officer staff exercises

    On Sunday, September 10, the Steadfast Pyramid 2017 and Steadfast Pinnacle 2017 exercises for the senior and high ranking NATO staff began at the National Defense Academy of Latvia in Riga. The exercises involve more than 40 officers from alliance member states and partner states – Finland and Sweden, the internet portal reports.

    The goal of the exercises is to improve the commanders’ and high-ranking officers’ ability to plan and lead joint operations.

    Steadfast Pyramid 2017 will be …

  • Three Russian military transport planes spotted on Latvian border

    The Latvian Armed Forces said in a tweet that they had identified three Russian military transport planes close to the country’s maritime border.

    According to the department, on August 26, patrol planes over the Baltic Sea close to Latvia’s maritime border identified three Russian An-12 military transport planes.

    Earlier the Latvian National Armed Forces announced that they are prepared for possible provocations during the Russian-Belarusian Zapad military exercises planned for September this …

  • Latvia purchases American Stinger anti-aircraft systems

    The Latvian military has purchased American Stinger man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), as announced by Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis in an LTV broadcast, as reported by LETA.

    The head of the defense ministry did not specify the numbers that the deal would involve, saying only that “the amount paid was not too large, but for it we are receiving a solid number of weapons”.

    The MANPADS were bought from the Danish Defense and will be transferred by the end of this year or …

  • Latvian military begins new training session for Ukrainian instructors in Lviv

    The seventh round of training courses for Ukrainian instructors under the leadership of the Latvian Armed Forces have started on base 184 of the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Army Academy of Ground Forces (Lviv Oblast). The training is part of the exercises of the United Multinational Training Group - Ukraine (JMTG-U).

    "The Ukrainian military has adopted all the best practices of the European armies and is able to apply the knowledge gained in practice. Our collaboration will be fruitful …

  • Latvia detects Russian warships and fighter jets near its borders

    Several aircraft and ships of the Russian Armed Forces were seen near the borders of Latvia yesterday, August 9, the National Armed Forces of Latvia reported on Twitter.

    NATO patrol aircraft discovered two Russian Su-27 fighter jets over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea near the territorial waters of Latvia. An An-26 military transport aircraft was also detected.

    On August 9, a Russian Buyan-M-class corvette was seen in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia at a distance of 4.5 nautical …

  • Latvia, Lithuania and Germany participate in military exercises in Baltic Sea

    In the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea this week, the Baltic Fleet is holding the annual Baltron Squadron Exercise 17/2, Delfi news agency reports.

    Lithuania, Latvia and Germany are participating in the exercises.

    The Latvian Navy is using the supply vessel Varonis and the minesweeper ship Rusins, and the German Navy is using the minesweeper Pegnitz.

    The Lithuanian Navy is represented by the Jotvingis staff ship, the Suduvis and Kursis …

  • Two Russians were convicted of illegally entering a Latvian military base

    On July 27, the Latvian court issued a final judgment on case of two Russians who had infiltrated the Adazi military base, reported Alexander Kurkin and Andrei Popko admitted that they were guilty of hooliganism.

    The Latvian political party leader and pro-Russian activist Vladimir Linderman was accused of complicity in the crime. Linderman maintained his innocence.

    Popko and Kurkin were sentenced to nearly 4 months of imprisonment. They had already served some of this time during …