TASS
October 27, 2021

NATO’s growing potential in Baltic states may destabilize region, says Russian diplomat

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Latvia: NATO secures “fully developed military airfield” in third Baltic nation

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NATO is building up its presence in the Baltic states, which may destabilize the military and political situation in the region and Russia’s proposals on de-escalation remain in force, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

The Russian diplomat made this statement in the wake of the commissioning of the Lielvarde military aerodrome in Latvia after its reconstruction.

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“The reconstruction of the military airfield in Lielvarde has been completed in southeastern Latvia. According to media reports, this airbase is outfitted with modern air navigation equipment and is capable of receiving aircraft of the latest generation at any time of day and night irrespective of weather conditions,” she pointed out.

“We are convinced that the build-up of NATO’s potential in the Baltic states can destabilize the military and political situation in the Baltic region. At the same time, our proposals on de-escalation remain in force,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.