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As Russia plans to hold missile tests in the Baltic Sea, close to the border of Latvia, between April 4 and 6, Estonian Defence Ministry has commented that the tests will be monitored, but are not a source to particular concern.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Monday, April 2, that Jonatan Vseviov, the Estonian Defence Ministry’s permanent secretary, stated in an interview that the tests themselves weren’t anything to worry about, though the allies are monitoring all military drills on land, at sea or in the air.

At the same time, the defence official evaluated that the proximity of the exercises to the Baltic states does stand out as they are to be held for the first time in several decades very close to the territorial border of Latvia.

According to the Latvian Defence Ministry, Russia’s central air traffic management centre has informed the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency that the Russian Naval Force will carry out missile tests between April 4 and 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia over the Baltic Sea.

The Latvian Defence Ministry wrote on its website that Russia has asked Latvian Civil Aviation Agency to close its airspace at an altitude of 18 kilometres in an area roughly 40 kilometres off the Latvian coast for the planned missile tests during the above time span.

The Ministry has summoned Col Andrey Lobov, Military, Air and Naval Force Attaché of Russian Embassy in Riga, and expressed its discontent with planned testing, underlining that although international agreements do not prohibit Russia from testing the missiles, such exercise is perceived as provocative and can be considered a display of power. 36-hour traffic restrictions, according to the Latvian Defence Ministry, in the testing area will not only restrict commercial activities, but also increase the accident risk.


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  1. Zerry says:

    Russia has nothing else to show but military muchles. They desperately need an attention and someone to say yes you sre big something. Like strong but silly neighbours bad boy.

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