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Senior Russian lawmaker confirms deployment of ballistic missiles in Kaliningrad.8 February 2018
Latvia’s security agency yesterday said a Latvian citizen taken in custody in December was spying for Russian intelligence.
Latvian officials have warned of increased Russian intelligence gathering on NATO troops in the country, Reuters reports.
"Russian security services continue recruiting Latvian residents on Russian soil, using several methods, covers and assistance requests, due to which the recruitee may initially even be ignorant of the recruiter's ties with Russian secret services," the Latvian Security Police said in a statement quoted by the public broadcaster LSM.
The person collected information about Latvian military installations and the situation on the Latvian-Russian border area, the statement said.
NATO’s presence in the Baltics has grown substantially since Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting Ukrainian separatists four years ago, dramatically inflaming tension in the region.
Earlier this week, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Moscow had deployed nuclear-capable missiles in its Kaliningrad exclave, a report confirmed by a senior Russian lawmaker, The Independent reported yesterday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that although Russia has the exclusive right to deploy weapons anywhere on its territory, it “has never threatened anyone and is not threatening anyone.”
Latvia’s large Russian minority is meanwhile worried about plans to reduce the use of Russian and other minority languages in schools.
Latvian Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis recently said “politically motivated protests” were likely against the changes now being considered in parliament.
Representatives of the country’s Russian minority are coordinating their protests against the plans with the Kremlin, Sadurskis said, according to the Baltic Times.
“Of course, Moscow is interested in retaining the share of youth in Latvia – about 20 percent – who have weak skills of the Latvian language as then they are subjected to Russia's propaganda," he said.
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