Latvia starts unannounced exercises on Belarus border

Source : 112 Ukraine

The exercises are related to the crisis on the border of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with Belarus
12:54, 15 November 2021

In the south-east of Latvia on Sunday, November 14, previously unannounced exercises of the country's armed forces began, DW reports.

According to Defense Minister Artis Pabriks, the maneuvers are planned to involve about 3,000 servicemen of the National Armed Forces and units of the National Guard. According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense in Riga, The Decisive Point training will last until December 12.

Their purpose is to test the possibilities of large-scale cooperation, various military and command structures, as well as logistics and mobility. The member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), including Russia and Belarus, were briefed on the training.

The Defense Minister indirectly confirmed that the exercises were related to the crisis on the border of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with Belarus.

Related: Aggravation of situation on border with Belarus: State of emergency may be introduced in some regions of Ukraine

"I asked to announce the start of military exercises in Latvia, so that our Belarusian colleagues, if you can call them that, understand that it is done for a reason," Pabriks told reporters.

On November 8, hundreds of migrants were seen at the Polish-Belarusian border. Therefore, the Polish government immediately pulled the soldiers on alert to the borders, and Lukashenko asked for help from Russian aviation to guarantee security at the country's borders.

It soon became known that the Belarusian security forces were trying to push 35 people to the Polish border, the overwhelming majority of whom were women and children.

It was also reported that the number of migrants who settled on the Belarusian side near the Polish border has already exceeded a thousand.

According to the Polish border service, on the night of November 13, the Belarusian military tried to break through the fence on the border with Poland using a service car. In addition, the migrants used tear gas against the Polish services, which they received from the Belarusian security forces.

Related: EU admits complete closure of border with Belarus as part of new package of sanctions

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