Ambassador: Latvia need not fear Russian military moves

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Latvia should not feel anxious about its national security in light of the activities of Russian military planes and ships, moreover no international regulations have been violated, claimed Ambassador Aleksandr Veshnyakov in a statement to the press Friday.

According to the Russian Ambassador, the military installations of Kaliningrad must be in regular contact and cooperation with the rest of Russia. “That’s why planes fly there and will continue to do so, ships go there and will continue to do so, bringing whatever cargoes are appropriate. Russia has done nothing to violate any international agreements on these issues,” he said.

At the same time, he said Latvia should not worry about potential threats to its security in connection with these activities, because Russia has no such intentions.

Ambassador Veshnyakov claimed the media are devoting exaggerated attention to these matters and wished that there were “good neighborly relations” between both countries.

As reported, Russian navy and air force craft have increased their activity near Latvia’s sea borders and airspace this year, causing concern regarding the safety of civilian aviation on top of the existing tensions between Russia and the EU over the separatist war in eastern Ukraine and mutually countervailing trade sanctions between them.

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