Contents tagged with Latvia

  • US A-10 aircraft to carry out training flights in Latvia

    US A-10C Warthog ground attack aircraft will carry out low altitude flights in Latvia, Delfi reported with reference to the National Armed Forces of Latvia.

    The Warthogs will carry out low altitude training flights for the reported purpose of maintaining and refining the pilots’ skills and combat readiness.

    The flights will take place from June 13th to 16th in seven districts in Latvia.

    The Armed Forces of Latvia announced that the flights will be carried out in accordance with international …

  • Russian warship spotted near Latvian maritime border

    The Armed Forces of Latvia recorded Russian warship near the borders of the country, the National Armed Forces of Latvia reported on Twitter. On Friday, a Russian frigate of the latest class of corvettes of the Russian Navy, the Stergushchy (Watchful) class, was detected 4.5 nautical miles from Latvian waters, the statement read.

    Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine and the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West, Russian warships and aircraft have been increasingly …

  • US Abrams tanks to arrive in Latvia for NATO exercises

    US Abrams tanks will arrive in Riga on Saturday to participate in the Saber Strike 2016 exercises, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported with reference to Delfi.

    Residents of Riga have been notified that a column of armored vehicles, including Abrams tanks, will be transported from the Port of Riga to the exercise cite in Ādaži.

    The Commander of the National Armed Forces of Latvia, Raimonds Graube, stressed that the exercises are not aimed at provoking Russia, as the NATO drills are on a much smaller …

  • Latvia will improve conditions for NATO aircraft patrolling Baltic airspace

    On the 31st of May, the Latvian government will sign an international treaty which aims to improve the NATO mission that patrols the Baltic airspace. This was reported by the Delfi news portal.

    The current patrol procedure is based on a 2012 agreement between the US Air Force and the civil aviation agencies of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

    In order to strengthen NATO’s presence in the Baltic states, and to ensure its effectiveness, the 2012 agreement will be changed to a draft treaty between …

  • Latvia recorded the presence of four Russian military aircraft near its borders

    The Latvian National Armed Forces have recorded the presence of four Russian military aircraft in the Baltic air space. The information was published on the official Twitter account of the Latvian National Armed Forces.

    “On the 29th of May, two Su-27 and two AN-26 were identified flying over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea near the territorial waters of Latvia,” the message said.

    Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, and the subsequent tense relations between the west and …

  • Latvian court brings charges against organizer of tours to Crimea

    The Riga District Prosecutor's Office has indicted one person who is accused of organizing tourist trips to Crimea as reported by the Latvian news portal, Delfi, citing the press center of the Prosecutor General of Latvia.

    As it was previously reported in late April of this year, the Security Police (SP) of Latvia appealed to the Prosecutor of the Riga Judicial District to prosecute a person who organized a tourist trip to Crimea. The criminal process was initiated based on the violation of …

  • Crimean Tatar flag raised over Ukrainian Embassy in Latvia

    The Crimean Tatar flag was raised over the Ukrainian Embassy in Riga on the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, Rosbalt reported.

    “On the flagpole of the Ukrainian Embassy in Latvia we raised the flag of the Crimean Tatars,” Evgeny Perebiynis, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia, wrote on Twitter.

    At noon on Wednesday a moment of silence was held in Ukraine in memory of the victims of the deportation in 1944.

    On May 18th, 1944, the first group of Crimean Tatars was forced …

  • Russian Navy ships seen near Latvian border

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia (NAF) have noticed the presence of Russian naval ships near Latvian territorial waters on several occasions over the last few days, Rosbalt reported, with reference to the NAF’s Twitter account.

    On Monday, the Russian Frigate Boikiy was seen near the Latvian economic zone, and on Sunday a NATO patrol aircraft spotted a Russian Il-76 cargo plane near the border.

    Also on Sunday, Russian ships Boikiy, Bira, Irgiz, Alpinist, and Zhigulevsk GS-19 were spotted. …

  • Latvia records presence of Russian warship and aircraft near its border

    On May 12th, the Armed Forces of Latvia recorded a Russian warship and eight Russian aircraft in its exclusive economic zone.

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia reported this via Twitter.

    "The Russian warship Zhigulevsk was noticed at a distance of 4 nautical miles from Latvian state border in the exclusive economic zone," the post stated.

    In addition, according to the Armed Forces, NATO fighters that patrol the skies over the Baltic Sea accompanied eight Russian aircraft: two Su-24, four …

  • Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summons Russian Ambassador over controversial remarks

    The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Russian Ambassador Alexander Veshnyakov over his remarks in the media, as announced by the Press Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Raimonds Jansons.

    According to Jansons, the Ministry is concerned by the remarks made by Veshnyakov which appeared in several media sources.

    In his interview to the newspaper Vesti Segondya, Veshnyakov stated that "in Latvia, and several other countries, one can observe a deliberate …