Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Latvia approves purchase of four Black Hawk helicopters from the US

    On Tuesday, September 11, the Latvian government supported the purchase of four UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters for 175 million euros and the signing of an intergovernmental agreement with the United States, the Latvian Ministry of Defense reported. This came after the US government approved the sale of the helicopters to Latvia.

    According to the Delfi news agency, the government decided to add additional funding of about 80 million euros to the Ministry of Defense’s budget …

  • Russian submarine approaches Latvian border

    A Russian submarine came close to Latvia’s borders on September 11, the Latvian National Armed Forces posted on Twitter.

    According to the tweet, the Russian Navy’s Dmitrov submarine (NATO classification: “Kilo”) was spotted three nautical miles outside of Latvia’s territorial waters.

    At the start of May, the Russian Navy’s SB-121 and Kashtan ships were spotted 12 nautical miles from Latvia’s territorial waters. A large project 775 landing ship (NATO classification: Ropucha) was also seen six …

  • Latvia detects two Russian military planes near its borders

    The National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia said on Twitter that it had detected two Russian military transport aircraft flying close to Latvian borders. The incident reportedly happened on September 8, close to the territorial waters of Latvia. The ministry said they were An-12 and An-26 military transport planes but did not reveal exactly where the planes were encountered. Latvia also reported detecting Russian naval vessels earlier, approaching its territorial waters.

    Earlier, the Latvian …

  • Latvia: Nord Stream-2 pipeline is dangerous for transatlantic relations

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkēvičs believes that Nord Stream-2 can become a big problem in transatlantic relations, as stated in a report on the results of the meeting in the Norwegian city of Stavanger which was published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

    Rinkēvičs said that the Nord Stream-2 project threatens to increase dependence on a single gas supplier, which contradicts the principles of the Energy Union.

    “Energy is not only a question of European …

  • Latvia and Estonia consider recovering damages from Russia for 'the Soviet occupation'

    Latvia and Estonia are considering the possibility of making a claim against Russia as a successor of the USSR regarding the recovery of damages for Soviet occupation, according to the statement, which was signed by the Ministers of Justice of both countries after the joint meeting of the Estonian and Latvian Governments and published by the press service of the Estonian Ministry of Justice, ERR reports.

    The Ministers stressed the importance of preserving the memory of people who died due to …

  • 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 …