Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Latvia to deliver €4 million worth of drones to Ukraine in July as part of major military aid effort

    Ukraine's defense forces are set to receive a substantial shipment of drones from Latvia this July. These drones, worth €4 million, are being produced by Latvian companies to address the evolving needs of Ukrainian military forces on the battlefield.

    Among these are various types of drones, including FPV (First-Person View) drones. Over 2,500 drones from seven Latvian companies will be delivered in stages throughout the month, announced the Latvian Ministry of Defense on 5th July, adding that …

  • Latvian Foreign Minister: Ukraine has already received weapons from Western partners with permission to strike Russia

    Latvia's newly appointed Foreign Minister Baiba Braže has said that Ukraine has received weapons from some Western partners with no restrictions on striking targets inside Russia. In an interview with Evropeyska Pravda, she discussed the evolving military support for Ukraine.

    Publicly, Western partners have been providing Ukraine with weaponry on the clear understanding that it should not be used to launch strikes beyond its borders. However, Braže believes that such a stance is already …

  • Latvia orders Russian citizens without residency permits to leave

    The first citizens of the Russian Federation without residency permits have been ordered to leave Latvia, Riga's immigration service has reported to Der Standard.

    The agency informed that six Russians have received notifications to leave the country. Maira Roze, the head of the immigration service, stated that two individuals have already left Latvia, while the remaining four are required to exit within 30 days.

    According to the report, these actions stem from amendments to Latvia's …

  • Estonian Prime Minister proposes joint trade embargo against Russia, calls for support from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Finland

    Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has made a proposal following a scandal surrounding her husband's business ties with Russia. She called on the neighbouring countries to introduce a unified trade embargo against Russia. According to Kallas, Finland could play a key role in this matter.

    Kallas said she had not spoken  with Finland's new Prime Minister, Petteri Orpo, yet but promised to do so.

    Estonian broadcaster ERR highlights that daily exports from Estonia to Russia include electronics, …

  • Latvia to send all its military helicopters to Ukraine

    Latvia, which has already provided Ukraine with military aid worth more than 1% of its GDP, is ready to continue to support Ukraine. It is preparing to complete the delivery of all its helicopters to Ukraine, said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš at an international Ukraine Recovery Conference in London.

    The Prime Minister of Latvia said that back in November-December 2021, it was decided to send Stinger MANPADS to Ukraine, and they were delivered the day before the full-scale invasion. …

  • Latvia declares Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

    On August 11, Deputies of the Latvian Saeima, adopted a statement in which they declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

    "Russia uses suffering and intimidation as tools in its attempts to demoralise the Ukrainian people and armed forces and paralyse the functioning of the state. The Saeima recognises Russia's violence against civilians committed in pursuit of political aims as terrorism and Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and calls on other like-minded countries to express the …

  • Latvia stops issuing visas to Russians

    Latvia will no longer issue visas to Russian citizens, said the Embassy of Latvia in the Russian Federation and at the Latvian visa center. "The Embassy of Latvia in Russia has indefinitely suspended the acceptance of applications for visas for citizens of the Russian Federation," the diplomatic mission said on Twitter.

    The embassy's website clarified that the decision was made "in connection with the international situation." The only exception is the need to participate in the funeral of a …

  • Russians entering Latvia required to sign document condemning Russian invasion of Ukraine

    Latvian authorities ask Russians who want to enter Latvia to sign a document condemning the war in Ukraine, reports the news website LSM.

    LSM notes that Russians who immigrated to Latvia express indignation in social networks because of checks at the border.

    “The purpose of the inspections is to identify persons who support Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and may pose a threat to the national security of Latvia," the Latvian State Security Service said in a statement.

    62 …

  • Estonia and Latvia recognize Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine as genocide

    Latvia and Estonia have become the first countries in the world to officially recognize the crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine as genocide

    The parliaments of Latvia and Estonia adopted statements acknowledging that Russia had committed genocide against the Ukrainian people. 

    In the statement published on its website, the Estonian Parliament says that the Russian Federation committed acts of genocide, including mass atrocities, against the civilian population in the temporarily …

  • Baltic countries halt all imports of Russian gas

    Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have suspended imports of Russian gas since the beginning of April.

    "If there are still doubts about whether there can be confidence in supplies from Russia, then current events clearly show us that there is no longer any trust," said the CEO of the Latvian gas storage operator Conexus Baltic Grid, Uldis Bariss.

    According to him, Russian natural gas has not been supplied to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania since April 1. The Baltic market is currently supplied from …