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Latvia loses surveillance drone on Russian border

Latvia loses surveillance drone on Russian border

The army of the Baltic country, which belongs to the EU and NATO, recognizes that there is a “high probability” that it has landed on Russian territory

The drone was not militarily armed, but was used for surveillance tasks that could also be considered aggression by Moscow.


The Latvian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the opening of an investigation to determine the reasons for the loss of contact with a drone on the border between Latvia and Russia. So far, it has not been possible to determine the technical cause of the loss of communication with the unmanned flying object, Defense Minister Andris Spruds told Latvian television. The army of the Baltic country, which belongs to the EU and NATO, lost the drone during a military exercise last weekend and acknowledges that there is a “high probability” that it landed on Russian territory.

The drone was not militarily armed, but was used for surveillance tasks that could also be considered aggression by Russia. Latvia claims to have acted at all times in accordance with international standards, following the loss of communication with the device, and that it has promptly informed Russia of the incident, according to Spruds. International practice would require the return of the drone, but in the situation of tension that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought to all the borders of the region, any small incident can trigger unwanted effects.

Precisely tomorrow, Tuesday and until Wednesday, the Annual Baltic Defense Conference takes place in neighboring Estonia, attended by the defense ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. German Minister Boris Pistorius, currently visiting Riga, the Latvian capital, is being informed first-hand about the loss of the missing drone. Germany has significantly expanded its military involvement in the Baltics following the Russian attack on Ukraine. The most intense cooperation is with Lithuania, where the federal government maintains troops stationed under the NATO umbrella and wants to deploy a combat-ready brigade of 4,000 soldiers in the future. Germany has also already expanded its defense cooperation with the other two Baltic republics, Latvia and Estonia.

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