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Baltic States may ask NATO to strengthen sea border control

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf a Russian submarine was actually spotted near the Swedish coastline, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will ask NATO to help increase patrols near sea borders of Baltic States, says Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis.

In his interview to Panorāma programme of LTV, Vejonis emphasized that not increase in activity of Russian military ships and submarines has been noted near the Latvian borders lately. The minister nevertheless reminded that there was an increase in activity of Russian forces near Latvia’s sea border. Since then Latvian forces have been on high alert. Patrol intensity has been increased as well. «We continue patrolling Latvian territorial waters. We regularly report all suspicious sightings to the public,» – said Vejonis.

In regard to the recent events near the Swedish coastline, Vejonis refused to give any specific comments: «It is first necessary to wait for official information […] only then will we be able to comment,» – said the minister. At the same time he admits the version about a submarine is the only one that has been publicly voiced.

As it is known, last Sunday Swedish armed forces representatives confirmed that most likely a foreign submarine was spotted near the country’s coastline. The media have since reported controversial information – it may have been a foreign submersible or even a Russian submarine carrying nuclear warheads.

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  1. Linda says:

    the problem is that while Russia seeks to focus all attention on the Baltic Sea … what are the Russians doing on the land frontier to the east?
    They (R) are leading the West in a merry dance, perhaps a headbutt might be in order?
    Time to get the civilian population to help watch the seaboard and strengthen defences on the other borders. What a shame we have a nuisance neighbour and not a friend.

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