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Minister: Russia’s missile-firing tests should be approached with a cool head

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Discussions of Russia’s planned missile-firing tests above Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea are going very intensely in the public space. A great deal of attention is provided to this matter. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these tests have a clear propaganda role, so we should approach them with a cool head,» says Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Intensive discussions of Russia’s planned missile-firing tests in the public space can be considered a success of Russia’s propaganda, says the minister.

The politician reminded that Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked ambassadors to NATO and OCSE to present this matter for discussions during the next meeting.

Foreign Affairs Ministry underlines that international laws allow organizing such military exercises. It is also the duty of Latvia’s Civil Aviation Agency to ensure safety of passing aircraft. Institutions responsible for maritime security also have a duty to ensure there are no ships passing through the area while military exercises are underway.

«It is not a matter of someone giving permission. International laws allow countries to organize military exercises. The fact that Russia’s planned missile-firing tests are provocative and intimidating has been confirmed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis and officials from Defence Ministry,» said the politician.

Commenting on Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis’ statement made during an interview to LNT this Wednesday, Rinkēvičs mentioned that restriction of such military drills and development of new code is in competence of OSCE and, to a lesser degree, NATO.

As it is known, on 4-6 April 2018, Russian navy will be performing missile-firing tests above Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea.

Following Russia’s announcement of said military drills, foreign affairs ministries of neighbouring countries requested additional information. Russia responded by saying that the drills in question were planned well in advance. Russian authorities also mentioned that all security measures will be complied with. Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry requested additional information regarding the ships participating in the drills and the kinds of weapons they will be using. No answers were provided, however.


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