Latvia planning response to Zapad 2009


Latvia plans to stage large-scale military maneuvers next summer seen as a response to Belarusian-Russian exercise Zapad 2009 held in Belarus in September, Delfi reported.

The Latvian government has budgeted funds for the exercise despite financial problems. It is not yet clear what countries will take part.

Some Latvian politicians described Zapad 2009, which involved 12,000 troops from the two countries, as a threat to their country's security.

The Latvian defense minister said that the scenario of the Belarusian-Russian maneuvers included a mock defense operation to rebuff an attack on Russia's Kaliningrad exclave and an invasion in Baltic countries.