Sound the Alarm! Latvia Spots 9 Russian Planes, 2 Ships, Sub Near Borders

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Paul Martin

Amid NATO’s ongoing Saber Strike exercises, Latvia’s Armed Forces has been counting Russian planes and ships near its borders, reporting Wednesday that they spotted nine Air Force aircraft, two ships and a submarine over the past two days.

The official Twitter account of the country’s Armed Forces (NBS) noted Wednesday that in the course of air policing missions over international airspace near the Latvian border, the Latvian military had identified Russian two Tu-22M long-range maritime strike bombers and two MiG-31 supersonic interceptors. Earlier, on Tuesday, the NBS tweeted that it had identified an A-50 airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-20 turboprop transport plane, an Antonov An-26 turboprop transport aircraft, and two MiG-31s. The ministry also reported locating a Parchim-class corvette, supply ship Bira, and a Kilo-Class (CC-750 Kashtan) diesel sub 27 nautical miles from the country’s territorial waters.

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