Latvian military begins to strengthen its borders

An active roll-call of staff has started in the Latvian National Armed Forces, as well as strengthened surveillance of the Latvian border and airspace. The reason for this is the high activity from the Russian army in the vicinity of the Baltic States, Delfi reports, referring to the Ministry of Defense of Latvia.

Over the past three days, planes from the Russian Air Force were identified near the border of Latvia: Su-24 tactical bombers, Su-27 multipurpose fighters, as well as an An-26 military transport plane.

Near the land border, joint exercises of the 76th and the 98th Airborne Divisions of the Russian Armed Forces, with elements of full-fledged combat activities, are being held. In addition, the 76th Division was reinforced with a tank company for the first time.

Latvia is confident that under the guise of a logistical exercise the Russian Baltic Fleet is transporting an operational-tactical Iskander missile complex from Ust-Luga to the Kaliningrad region. 

Friday's violations of Estonian and Finnish airspace by Russian fighters could be linked to the transfer of the Iskander.

  Latvia, Russia, Baltic States