State of emergency in some border areas will not be extended

The Ministry of Interior of Latvia will not encourage the extension of the state of emergency in several areas along the Russian border, the Ministry's Secretary of State Dimitrijs Trofimovs told LETA.

In light of the decision of Russia on mobilization and the need to prevent potential threats to Latvia's internal security, the state of emergency was announced from September 28 to December 27 at border crossing points, as well as in the municipalities of Alūksne, Balvi, and Ludza.

Trofimovs stated that on the basis of risk analysis and information available to the home affairs department, the Ministry will not encourage the government to extend the emergency. A separate government decision is not necessary for this, so the emergency will be in place only on Tuesday as the last day.

At the same time, if risks change, the IM may prepare a draft government decision on the announcement of a recurring emergency, and the government may take such a decision within a few hours.

Trofimovs also recalled that since the invasion of Ukraine launched in February, the Latvian Border Guard and the State Security Service have been stepping up control over the entry of Russian citizens into Latvia, and no changes are planned in this respect.

In view of the increased pressure on illegal immigration, the state of emergency in Belarus's border area, namely Ludza, Krāslava, Augšdaugava, as well as Daugavpils, announced on August 11 last year remains in force. The state of emergency has been extended several times and the last extension has been granted until February 10 of the following year.

At the same time, in early November, following the objections of the Ministry of Justice, the government instructed the Ministry to prepare the regulation by the beginning of January so that Latvia could opt out of the emergency regime. Currently, IM experts are working on a solution and will present it to the government by the beginning of January, said Trofimovs.

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