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    Russia is attempting to provoke with its military exercises, but we are controlling situation - Vejonis

    RIGA, April 17 (LETA) - In an interview on the LNT television channel this morning, commenting Russia's missile tests in Latvia's exclusive economic zone waters over the Baltic Sea, President Raimonds Vejonis said that this is a show of force by Russia and a provocation attempt with the aim of finding out how Latvia and NATO will react.

    According to the president, Russia want to draw as much attention as possible to the military exercise, and admitted that Latvia has been paying too much attention. The president added that Latvia's reaction to the missile tests has been adequate, and that it is controlling the situation.

    Vejonis said that such activities by Russia is not improving the security situation in the Baltic Sea region, and it also negatively impacts the intense shipping traffic in the area. Furthermore, the president said that there is a risk that something could go wrong during the tests, and thus should not even take place in the first place.

    As reported, the Latvian National Armed Forces will be monitoring the missile tests planned by Russia in Latvia's exclusive economic zone this week, just like they did the first time when Russia said it will be firing missiles above the Baltic Sea in early April, the Latvian Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry's spokesman, Kaspars Galkins, told LETA that the Latvian National Armed Forces would not go on a heightened alert during the Russian missile tests but will be watching the exercise.

    LETA also reported, Russia again plans to perform missile tests over Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, this time between today and April 19. The first time missile tests were planned on April 4-6 but no missiles were fired during that period.

    The Latvian Defense Ministry still believes that such tests in direct vicinity of Latvia's territorial waters are ungrounded and provocative, and voiced concerns about Russia's ability to ensure security during the tests.

    • Published: 17.04.2018 09:10
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