Latvia: Enhanced monitoring of Belarus border continues

Latvia will maintain enhanced monitoring of its border with Belarus due to concerns raised by the presence of the Russian private military company, Wagner Group in Belarus, President Egils Levits stated, LSM reports. A few dozen people continue to attempt crossing from Belarus into Latvia every day. However, there is no significant risk regarding Russian mercenaries for the time being. Interior Minister Maris Kucinskis said that the presence of the Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) on the border could be tripled if the situation intensified. He noted that the exact implications of the presence of Wagner mercenaries in Belarus were uncertain, including their numbers and future actions. As a result, close monitoring of the situation was necessary, he said.