Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Putin's favorite singer banned entry to Latvia

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs reported on his Facebook page that the famous Russian singer Grigory Leps (Lepsveridze) was banned entry to Latvia.

    "Taking into account the assessment of the security services in accordance to the migration law, I decided to include Russian citizen Grigory Lepsveridze in the list of undesirable persons of the Republic of Latvia, banning him entry to Latvia indefinitely," said Latvian Foreign Minister. Rinkēvičs did not give any other reasons for his …

  • Latvia: Russia is practicing blocking the Baltic Sea during Ocean Shield exercises

    During the Ocean Shield military exercises Russian army practices drills to block the sea routes to complicate NATO’s access to the Baltic Sea, reports LETA news agency, with reference to the Latvian Defense Ministry.

    The Russian military exercises are taking place from August 1 to August 9 in the Baltics, Norwegian and North Seas. More than 10.5 thousand soldiers, 49 warships, 20 support ships, and more than 50 military aircraft are participating in drills. Some of the ships that were …

  • Two Russian bombers spotted near Latvian border

    The fighters of the NATO air policing mission detected two Russian bombers near the Latvian border, reads the message of the Latvian National Armed Forces on Twitter.

    NATO's fighters confirmed that these were Su-24 fighter jets.

    "On August 1, air policing aircraft identified two Russian Su-24 fighter jets over the Baltic Sea near the territorial waters of Latvia,"  reads the message.

    Russian bomber was also seen over the Sea of Japan at the end of July. It violated the Japanese airspace …

  • Latvia blocks Kremlin-linked website because of threat to Ukraine's sovereignty

    Latvian domain administrator blocked the bestnews.lv website that is associated with the Russia Today news agency, reports RIA Novosti news outlet.

    Latvian national domain registrar explained its decision referring to the requirement of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, which said that baltnews.lv news outlet violates the decision of the European Union of March 17, 2014, on sanctions against Russia because of the annexation of Crimea.

    "Registration of baltnews.lv is a violation of the provisions …

  • Latvian military claims Russian ship was spotted near the country's border

    Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) stated that the Russian warship was seen near the country’s border on Sunday.

    "On June 16 Latvian Naval Forces identified the frigate Admiral Kasatonov (of Admiral Gorshkov-class) with the Board number 431 that belongs to the Russian Armed forces in the Latvian exclusive economic zone, in the distance of 18.5 nautical miles from the territorial waters, " — reports a statement of NBS on Twitter.

    Latvian authorities often detect Russian warships near their …

  • Latvian government to evaluate plan to mobilize the army

    On Tuesday, June 11, the Government of Latvia seeks to approve a plan for mobilizing the National Armed Forces (NAF). LETA news agency reports, citing the country’s Ministry of Defense, according to the law, the government approves the military-drafted plan for mobilizing the NAF every year.

    The mobilization plan is drawn up in case of exceptional circumstances or war. It explains how to have the NAF at partial or full combat readiness as well as establishes the leadership, duties, order and …

  • Latvia sends more than 20 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbas

    A Latvian delegation, together with Latvian Ambassador to Ukraine Juris Poikans, has provided more than 20 tons of humanitarian cargo for citizens residing near the demarcation line in the Donetsk region, the local Donetsk administration reported.

    The Latvian ambassador noted that this is the twelfth batch of humanitarian cargo that has been sent directly to the Donetsk region.

    “This time we brought clothes, shoes and toys, which will be taken by the National Guard of Ukraine to Avdiivka and …

  • Latvia recognizes deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide

    Latvian Parliament (the Saeima) published a statement dedicated to the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944,  recognizing it as an act of genocide, reported the news agency Delfi.

    The statement of the Latvian Saeima says that the Soviet authorities carried out genocide against many peoples and ethnic groups, in particular, against the Crimean Tatars, to "move them out from their homeland." Also, the Parliament recalled that five years ago Russia annexed Crimea.

    "Those …

  • Russian warships approach Latvian border

    Three ships belonging to the Russian Navy entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone, reported Interfax citing news agency, BNS. The National Armed Forces of Latvia told the agency that the frigate Boikiy, the corvette Passat and the landing ship Minsk were sighted 12 nautical miles away from the border of the country. The ships are part of the Russian Navy.

    The area of the sea they are in is part of Latvia’s exclusive economic zone. The Latvian Ministry of Defense noted that over the past four …

  • Most Latvian parties support sanctions against Russia

    The majority of Latvian parties running in the European Parliament elections are in favor of maintaining the sanctions on Russia, according to a survey conducted by the LETA news agency.

    The parties New Unity, the Union of Greens and Farmers, the Progressives, the Latvian Association of Regions, Who Owns the State, and “Development/For!” believe that “the sanctions must be maintained in the current form and amendments to them can be made depending on changes for the better or the worse in …