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Russia's actions confirm the doctrine that governs the formation of a 'Russian' world

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy ignoring international norms and regulations, Russia has completely ruined the current security system on the European continent, which was formed after the Cold War, as noted at the Latvian Defence Ministry.

‘Russia’s current actions confirm the doctrine on the formation of a “Russian” world. On top in that, the fact that Russia is prepared to do so by using military forces means a threat to Europe’s security,’ – as Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis’ words are cited by his advisor Andis Jekabsons.

According to the minister, Latvia should consider this when planning its interior policy and exterior security. Latvia must be prepared for potential increase of long-term military risks.

‘The situation in Ukraine has caused an enormous international resonance. USA and NATO have analysed possible military threats coming from Russia. U.S. President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and some of the highest ranking NATO officials have made it clear that NATO will defend its allies. These are not empty words. USA, UK, France and Denmark have either sent or will soon send additional fighter aircraft to patrol Baltic airspace. NATO countries have confirmed their readiness to not only supply military equipment to the region, but also allocate human resources and fulfil Article 5 of NATO treaty if need be.

At the moment, Latvia does not have any clear threats; residents have nothing to fear. However, under the current conditions, it is necessary for us to strengthen our defences. Latvia will arm itself. We will soon start developing our armed forces, especially our National Guard. We will also increase our cooperation with NATO countries,’ – says the minister.

Latvia will hold the Namejs 2014 military exercises this May. Approximately 2,250 soldiers will participate in this military event. This June, on the other hand, there will be the Saber Strike 2014 military exercises. This time there will be units from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, USA, UK, Finland and Norway participating.

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