National armed forces (NAF) of Latvia on Thursday, August 4, announced the approach to its borders of the Russian submarine.
“In the exclusive economic zone at a distance of 7 nautical miles (12 km) from the territorial waters, the armed forces on 4 August identified a Russian submarine class “Kilo” [NATO classification for projects of Russian submarines 877 “Halibut” and 636 “Varshavyanka”] — said in a message posted on Twitter NVS.
LV ekskl. ekonom. zonā 7 j.j. no terit. jūras bruņotie spēki 04.08. identificēja Krievijas BS “Kilo” klases zemūdeni
— NBS (@Latvijas_armija) 4 Aug 2016
Information about the Russian submarine comes amid recent reports of the Latvian media about the fact that Russia not invited Latvia, on advice of the defense ministries of the Baltic countries, which will be held in Moscow in September and which will focus on the security issues in the Baltic sea.
However, the head of the Main Department of international military cooperation of the Ministry of defense of Russia Sergey Koshelev 4 Aug denied this information. He said that the note with the invitation was transferred to the attaché of defense at the Embassy of Latvia in Russia and the military attaché at the Russian Embassy in Latvia.