Military invasion threat discussed behind closed doors

RIGA – The Latvian government will have a closed meeting on Sept. 24, during which it will listen to an analysis of military invasion possibilities against the country, reports LETA. The analysis of possible military threats to Latvia’s security was prepared by the Defense Ministry, and will be presented to the government by Defense Minister Artis Pabriks.

The government meeting will be held at a time when Russian and Belarusian soldiers are carrying out large-scale military maneuvers near Baltic borders.

Estonian Riigikogu foreign affairs committee chairman Marko Mihkelson said that no major changes have taken place in relations between Estonia and Russia recently, but Russia’s big military exercises are being observed very carefully, reports Delfi.

“Estonia and its allies naturally observe very carefully what is happening at the major exercise Zapad 2013 and will certainly draw the necessary conclusions,” Mihkelson said, commenting on reports of eight Russian military planes flying in international airspace very close to Estonia last week.

Mihkelson added that one possible cause of tensions with Russia could be the Vilnius summit that takes place at the end of November, where the EU-Ukrainian association agreement is likely to be signed.

Full article: Military invasion threat discussed behind closed doors (The Baltic Times)

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