More ships ply waters near Latvia

National Armed Forces (NBS) sea patrols detected and monitored two Russian navy ships in the neutral waters of the Baltic sea, however close to Latvia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters overnight to Friday the NBS tweeted.

On November 6, reads the tweet, 15 nautical miles off of Latvia’s maritime territories a submarine support vessel CC-750 was spotted, then a Bereza-class supply ship 11 nautical miles from Latvia’s sea border.

Between the beginning of January and September 1 of this year, Russian military aircraft and ships had been detected 173 times near Latvia's border. On October 6, the NAF observed a small submarine being lifted inside a Russian support ship near Latvia's territorial waters. The Defense Ministry has no information as to whether Russia owns such submarines, and for what purposes they are used.

The Latvian Ministry of Defense reported at the end of February that Russian military flights near Latvian territorial waters had been detected frequently in recent months and their activity had been growing during the past five years.

Russian military aircraft usually operate with their automatic receivers turned off and without a flight plan, refusing to respond to civilian air traffic controllers.

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