The Minister of defence of Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis, commenting on the military exercises of Russia in the Baltic region, asked why you need to “saber-rattling at the door neighbors.”
“This is connected with the Baltic space where there is intensive commercial activity. Aircraft and ships have to go around dangerous areas. Close something for a long time: it’s usually three days and every day the district is closed for 12 hours,” said Bergmanis in an interview with Delfi.
He expressed the opinion that “the Russian side would ask questions, if we (the Latvian military – approx. OPINION) went to the exclusive economic zone of Russia and began to shoot.”
“It does not violate treaties, but why is saber-rattling at the door neighbors? There is no military need for it,” said Bergmanis, at the same time adding that the situation in Latvia is “very safe.”
Last week the President of Latvia also demanded from Russia explanations in connection with the fact that Moscow allegedly has twice made the time to carry out training missile launches in Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic sea, but they did not take place.
At the same time, the President of Latvia Raymond Vejonis said that the alleged Russia missile firing in the Baltic sea are a show of force and provocation against Latvia and NATO.
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