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    Baltic region's main security challenges associated with strengthening of Russia's military capabilities - report

    RIGA, Jan 2 (LETA) - In his annual foreign policy report, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) highlights that the Baltic region's main security challenges are associated with the strengthening of Russia's military capabilities and military related provocative activities.'

    "The development of military capabilities demonstrates Russia's willingness to gain a competitive edge over NATO. Although the probability of real incidents is currently low, given the high centralization of political power in Russia and constant ambitions to control its neighbors, the security situation in the region may change in a relatively short time period,'' the report points out.

    The section of the report on transatlantic relations and international security emphasizes that Russia continues to act contrary to the principles of international law and that its actions are aimed at confrontation with the West.

    "The concentration of a wide range of military capabilities and armaments that continues in Kaliningrad and the western military district, as well as the blockade of sea lanes this summer during Russian naval exercises, is a deliberate demonstration of Russian power," the foreign minister said in the report.

    The report states that military cooperation between Russia and Belarus must too be monitored on a constant basis given Belarus' geo-strategic location and Russia's interest in reinforcing its military presence there.

    • Published: 02.01.2020 09:50
    • Inese Trenca, LETA
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