Russian navy ships seen off coast near Ventspils

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Latvia’s National Armed Forces (NBS) reported spotting two Russian navy vessels maneuvering close to Latvia’s territorial waters Friday.

The NBS tweet names the corvette Stoiky and sea-going tugboat Victor Konetsky as the two military ships identified 12 nautical miles from Latvia's maritime territory near Ventspils by the P-09 coast guard patrol boat.

Also on August 4 the NBS patrol boat P-09 sighted the corvette Stereguschiy as well as an unnamed Kilo-class submarine 5.7 miles from Latvia’s maritime territories.

Recently naval forces also encountered Russian military vessels in neutral waters just off Latvia's maritime territories on July 22, as well as in June. 

These latest maritime encounters with Russia’s intimidating military might have come amongst a spate of NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) plane-scrambling incidents to intercept Russian Armed Forces jets and transport aircraft spotted in the skies over the Baltic Sea.

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