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    No missiles fired during Russia's military exercises in Latvia's exclusive economic zone

    RIGA, April 6 (LETA) - The Latvian National Armed Forces observed movement of Russian naval ships in Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea where Russia said it would be conducting missile tests but no missiles were fired.

    Russia previously notified the Latvian authorities that the Russian Navy will be performing missile tests over Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea from April 4 to 6.

    The Latvian Defense Ministry spokesman, Kaspars Galkins, told LETA the no missiles had been fired in the given territory in Latvia's exclusive economic zone from April 4 till Friday evening.

    "The Latvian naval ships have been patrolling the Baltic Sea since Russia announced the planned missile tests and are still patrolling now. We can confirm that we have observed movement of Russian ships in the Baltic Sea near Latvian borders but no shooting," he said.

    It is possible that Russia had announced the missile tests with the intention of testing Latvia's response, Galkins said.

    However, the Latvian Defense Ministry has no information about whether Russia had fired any missiles near Poland or Sweden, the spokesman said.

    Russia has also failed to provide detailed information to Latvia about the weaponry to be used during the exercises and the safety arrangements, saying only that it was a scheduled exercise.

    Responding to Russia's request, the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) agreed to close part of Latvian airspace in an 18-kilometer altitude and 40 kilometers from Latvia's seacoast where the Russian Navy was planning to fire the missiles. CAA director Maris Gorodcovs said the closure of airspace was a standard procedure to be carried out after receiving respective information from the armed forces. However, no such activities have taken place in Latvia until now, he said.

    The Latvian Defense Ministry said previously that, although international agreements do not prohibit Russia from holding such exercises in the given territory, such activities are provocative and can be regarded as a demonstration of force. Moreover, such missile tests can threaten traffic of civilian ships and aircraft in the area.

    • Published: 06.04.2018 18:12
    • LETA
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