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Defender Europe 2020: the Trial War

In anticipation of the U.S. led, large multinational military exercise dubbed as the Defender Europe 2020, Latvian population faces great pressure from the national authorities. The preparations made by the Ministry of Defence make Latvians nervous.

Thus, the transferring properties, needed for conducting maneuvers, to the Ministry of Defence has been actively in the process for the last several years.

In 2019, Ministry of Agriculture transferred one of its properties, Jaunlāčusils, for the development of Lāčusils regional military base. Additional land increased the area of Lāčusils military training area by 2387 hectares. Expansion of Mežaine training area near Skrunda has also been conducted in 2019.

Today the public discussion of the expansion of the military training ground near Daugavpils is in full swing. It is planned to globally expand the Mezha Matskevichi training ground from 10 to 2064 hectares (increase by 200 times!), having built a military training base on the territory. A meeting was planned for everyone to receive answers to questions regarding the consequences and prospects of the expansion of the Meža Matskevičy training ground on February 4. However, the Daugavpils’ local government canceled the planned event. Now the meeting is scheduled for the second half of March. The public comment period has been extended until February 24.

Evidently, the local authorities did not expect such a fierce protest from the residents.

Many people carry negative attitudes to the expansion of the training ground and the conducting the exercise due to the reason that such decisions will lead to: low-altitude flights of military aircraft over the city, damage to gas pipelines and water wells, supplying drinking water in Daugavpils, disruption of Daugavpils Airport development plan, negative impact on tourism development in the region, large-scale deforestation and extinction of endangered species of black-headed gull and reducing of hunting areas. The petition has been started to collect signatures and to send them to the Ministry of Defence.

These reasons are so serious that can not be ignored by the authorities. It seems as if they are not able to find arguments to defend their plans. Latvians consider the plans as violating their civil rights and as disturbance of their lives. Another question is the authorities have already taken the decision to expand military training grounds and the public discussions are only a show. Let’s see. Show must go on…

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Olivia Kroth

Latvia: failed state!

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TASS: Russian Baltic Fleet fighter aircraft strike enemy targets in drills — More than 10 Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30SM multirole fighters took part in the drills KALININGRAD, February 19. /TASS/. More than 10 Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30SM multirole fighters from a squadron of the Baltic Fleet’s naval aviation practiced intercepting high-speed craft and delivering strikes against naval and ground targets during drills in the Kaliningrad Region, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “Under the drills’ scenario, the crews of Su-27 planes detected a target after getting into the designated search area and tracked it and also practiced measures to… Read more »

Olivia Kroth

In case of war, the stupid Latvians will be the first to get their heads bashed in. They live closest to Russia’s KALININGRAD (aka Königsberg, which used to be German territory, but is no longer, because Hitler lost World War II).

Olivia Kroth

TASS: Russian Baltic Fleet amphibious assault ships thwart enemy air and sea strikes in drills — The ships’ air defense systems locked on the notional air targets and destroyed them by artillery guns KALININGRAD, February 20. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet amphibious assault ships successfully thwarted a notional enemy’s air attacks and destroyed naval targets during drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. “During the drills at one of the training ranges in the Baltic Sea, a naval group comprising the large amphibious assault ships Kaliningrad and Minsk and the air-cushion landing craft Lieutenant Rimsky-Korsakov successfully accomplished the assignments of… Read more »

Craig Watson

When the USA threatened China with nukes after China defeated a U.S. Naval war convoy in Greer’s groundbreaking story of the USA’s incipient civil war in “Twilight’s Last Gleaming”, We The People rose up, civil war began on that trigger and in a civil war, the USA was finally defeated by its own people in demolishing it into several sovereign nations. I imagine that the USA coming that close to war again with threats will trigger the actual civil war. This is what is necessary for any possibility for sustaining life on earth now – the USA is the planet’s… Read more »

Olivia Kroth

I wish US citizens would find peace without a new Civil War. Aren’t US citizens really tired of the US military’s warmongering? I wonder why this cannot be stopped. It seems like US voters have no say in military matters whatsover. What a shame!

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