Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Latvian Foreign Minister calls on Russia to release imprisoned filmmaker Sentsov unconditionally

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs urged Russia to immediately release convicted Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov without preconditions.

    "I call on Russia for the immediate and unconditional release of unlawfully convicted Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov. His hunger strike lasting more than 90 days causes deep concerns for his health,” Rinkēvičs wrote on Twitter. The Russian commission rejected two earlier requests for pardon from his mother and from Archbishop Kliment of …

  • Estonia, Latvia and Denmark to establish Divisional Headquarters North

    During a recent NATO summit in Brussels, the Defense Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Denmark signed a joint statement of establishment for the Multinational Divisional Headquarters North, the Estonian Minister of Defense Jüri Luik stated.

    "It is a natural step to strengthen deterrence and defense of NATO. The Baltic Sea region is now one of the most vulnerable in NATO, and it is important for the command structure of the Alliance to be consistent with actual threats," Luik stated.

    According …

  • Canada extends command of NATO battalion in Latvia by 4 years

    Canada has decided to extend its command of the multinational NATO battalion in Latvia by another four years.

    This was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while visiting Riga today.

    The Canadians’ current three-year mandate will expire in spring 2019, but it will be extended by another four years, Trudeau said during a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

    Kučinskis in turn said that Canada’s decision to continue to reinforce the security in the region is a …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs discuss deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hosted a meeting with the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Poroshenko’s press service announced that prospects of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas were discussed at the meeting.

    The Ukrainian President thanked Latvia for its ongoing support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, for solidarity and assistance countering Russian aggression, and also for the condemnation of the Crimea’s illegal annexation.

    Poroshenko expressed  …

  • Russian warships approach Latvian borders

    Ships of the Russian Armed Forces were spotted again near the Latvian border, BNS reported, referencing a report by the Latvian National Armed Forces.

    “In a special economic zone of Latvia, 12 nautical miles from the territorial waters of the country, Russian ships (SB-121 and Kashtan classes) were spotted,” the report stated. “Also, 6.5 nautical miles from territorial waters, a landing ship of the Ropucha class appeared.”

    Additionally, inside Latvia’s economic zone, a towboat of the Goryn …

  • Latvian embassy attacked in Moscow

    On May 9, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs stated on Twitter that the Latvian embassy in Moscow had been attacked.

    In his post, he wrote: “Embassy of Latvia in Russia was attacked this evening, two persons have been detained, Latvia strongly condemns such provocations and demands Russia to fully ensure security of Latvia’s diplomatic missions in accordance with international law.”

    According to RIA Novosti, an unregistered party calling itself “The Other Russia” reported that its …

  • Latvia detects Russian warships near its territorial waters

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia detected two Russian warships near the country's borders.

    "In the Latvian exclusive economic zone, five nautical miles from territorial waters, the Naval Forces identified a Steregushchiy-class frigate of the Russian Navy on April 28,” the message of the Latvian National Armed Forces reads.

    In addition, eight nautical miles from the territorial waters of Latvia, a Gorin-class Russian tugboat was spotted.

    Latvia regularly reports on the Russian warships …

  • Leader of Russian diaspora arrested in Latvia

    The head of the Center for the Protection of Russian Schools, Alexander Gaponenko was arrested in Latvia, on April 21, reports Delfi news outlet.

    According to Delfi, Gaponenko is also the leader of the social movement "The Congress of Non-Citizens" in Latvia.

    “The purpose of my arrest is to stop the fight to defend Russian children and their right to education," Gaponenko said.

    During the court hearing, which was closed to the public, the pro-Russian activist accused the Latvian law …

  • Latvia demands explanations from Russia about missile launches near Latvian coast

    Latvian Defense Minister, Raimonds Bergmanis, stated that Latvia expects explanations from Russia regarding two scheduled training missile launches planned by Moscow in the Latvian exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea. Despite being planned, the launches did not go through.  

    The Minister emphasized that the airspace over the Baltic Sea is heavily used for air travel. Therefore the predictability of such exercises is an important factor for air safety.

     “We want information from the …

  • Latvia urges its citizens not to be afraid of Russian military exercises

    Latvian deputy Artis Pabriks assured the general public that there was no reason to be afraid of Russian military exercises. "We aren’t afraid of Russian military exercises. We will keep an eye on them, and remain vigilant and confident in ourselves, our state and our freedom. Don’t let them ruin Easter for us," he wrote on Twitter

    Russian naval forces informed Latvia that it would conduct training launches of missiles in the Baltic Sea from April 4 to 6. The Russian Federation asked Latvia to …