The former Soviet airbase, located in Lielvarde, Latvia, has become a new NATO military base. Telegram-channel reports about it on October 24 Sputnik Near Abroad…
It will house Danish F-16 fighters, military transport aircraft and long-range unmanned aerial vehicles.
It is noted that the third air base of the alliance in the Baltic States can receive aircraft at any time and in any weather conditions. The airfield will become a reserve site in case it is not possible to use the airbases in Emari in Estonia or Šiauliai in Lithuania.
During the period of the USSR, MiG-27 aircraft were located at the base.
On October 23, it became known that NATO was pulling forces to the borders of Russia, demonstrating its unwillingness to engage in an equal dialogue.
Earlier, on October 22, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that the North Atlantic Alliance must show Russia its readiness to use weapons if necessary. Among other things, she accused Russia of fomenting the migration crisis on the border of Belarus and the EU countries, as well as carrying out cyber attacks.
In April, the German Defense Minister already announced a threat allegedly emanating from Russia against Europe and NATO. According to her, Russia “has modernized its troops, invested in new weapons and in building up its nuclear arsenal.”
On October 21, it was reported that the heads of the defense departments of NATO countries plan to approve a new plan to counter a theoretical attack by Russia in several directions at once. It was noted that the alliance “is still determined to contain Moscow.”
On the same day, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that NATO and the organization’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg had driven relations with Russia into a state in which they were not even during the Cold War. According to her, in such circumstances it is impossible to work with the alliance on urgent international challenges.
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