Latvia's eastern border under enhanced control

Latvia's eastern border is under tightened control due to the Russian paramilitary Wagner group's rebellion in Russia, the Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said on Twitter June 24.

The Prime Minister said that the Latvian government, responsible authorities, and services are in close coordination and are following developments in Russia. "The eastern border control is being reinforced. To all citizens – a strong call not to go to Russia or Belarus right now,” the Prime Minister said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) also called not to go to Russia and if already there, to leave the country.

Internal Affairs Minister Māris Kučinskis said on Twitter that when discussing the situation in the neighboring country with the foreign minister Rinkēvičs, he asked State Border Guard chief to step up controls on the external border.

“At the same time, it should be noted that the State Border Guard, in cooperation with Frontex and other Latvian services, is already working in intensive mode to ensure the protection of national security interests by carrying out thorough inspections of all persons,” the Minister for the Interior said.

He noted that if necessary, the support of the National Armed Forces (NBS) would be requested.

Defense Minister Ināra Mūrniece (National Alliance) said on Twitter that if needed, NBS is ready to provide support. The Minister acknowledged that the current situation does not pose a direct threat to Latvia. “Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the NBS and other authorities responsible for national security have been working in an enhanced regime.”


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