16:00 May. 2, 2016
Russia continues to step up naval and aerial activities over Baltics
Latvia's National Armed Forces have once again spotted a Russian submarine and warship off the Latvian coast, the Latvian officials wrote on Twitter on May 2.
They say that Russian vessels were spotted on April 30, eight miles from Latvia's territorial waters.
The National Armed Forces identified a Russian 'Kilo'-class submarine' and as well as a sea tugboat 'Victor Konetsky'.
LV ekskl. ekonom. zonā 8 j.j. no terit. jūras bruņotie spēki 30.04. identificēja Krievijas BS Kilo klases zemūdeni, velkoni Viktor Konetsky.— NBS (@Latvijas_armija) May 2, 2016
The Russian Defense Ministry did not comment on the situation.
On April 4, Latvia's Armed Forces spotted another Russian submarine near the Latvian border. "In the exclusive economic zone of 11 miles from the border of Latvia Armed Forces today have identified a Russian submarine class" Kilo ", said a statement.
Latvia has repeatedly reported on the Russian warships seen at the country's borders. On May 3, 2015, the Latvian armed forces spotted a squadron of Russian warships, including a submarine, within five miles of its territorial waters.
Currently NATO is considering sending international battalions to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, where soldiers are supposed to undergo regular rotation. Stoltenberg promises the issue will be solved before the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland. Strengthening the Eastern Europe's border with NATO troops is a reponse to Russia's dangerous escalation, stated the Secretary General of Alliance Jens Stoltenberg.