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Latvia considers Russia’s proposal to organize consultations on Baltic region’s security

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Defence Ministry has officially received Russia’s proposal to organize consultations to help enhance the security of the Baltic Sea region, as confirmed by the ministry’s press-representative Kaspars Galkins.

Right now the ministry is busy reviewing this this offer. No direct consultations between experts of the two countries are organized at the moment. The ministry did not mention as to whether or not it supports such an initiative at all.

Russian newspaper Izvestiya had reported last week that Russia’s initiative to improve the level of security of the Baltic Sea region also provides for a specific condition – ensuring that all military aircraft flying in that region have their transponders turned on and ensuring that their flight plans are strictly coordinated with countries of that region in advance.

An informed source told the newspaper that Russia offers to inform neighbouring countries of flight plans and planned military exercises in the region, as well as make sure its aircraft fly with transponders turned on.

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry has stated that once this proposal has been properly assessed, Russia will be given a reply. The ministry also added that Latvia values security and transparency of the Baltic Sea region, adding that countries of this region have to act responsibly.

Ever since Russia’s realized aggression in Ukraine, practical cooperation between Russia and NATO has been non-existent. The two sides do still maintain political dialogue.

A meeting of NATO-Russian Council was held on 13 July. During this meeting, the two sides discussed the situation in Ukraine, including the full compliance with Minsk Treaty, transparency and risk reduction in military activities and the security situation in Afghanistan.

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  1. Jules says:

    Letting the fox look after the chickens?

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  2. Linda says:

    From whom is the Baltic region to be secured? There is only one bad egg in the basket!

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