Latvia to close borders to Russians as second wave of mobilization begins

The Latvian authorities have drawn up an action plan in case a second wave of mobilization is announced in Russia. If that happens, the country will close the borders to Russians, Markus Kuchinskis, head of Latvia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, said in an interview with LETA.

According to him, the scheme was tested on the Latvian-Belarusian border. The head of the department said that Latvia has accumulated a lot of experience, and the “training” organized by the Belarusians has benefited the professionalism of the Latvian services.

Kuchinskis said only sporadic incidents are now recorded on the Latvian-Russian border, but they are also under control.

“However, the same cannot be said about the Belarusian border. It is very rare that there is a morning when there is zero in the column of reports on attempts to cross the border illegally. <…> it is forbidden [с уверенность] Let’s say Russia is not involved, because now we see that people trying to cross the border fly from Moscow to Minsk, and then they are taken further to the border, ”said Kuchinsky.

After mobilization began in Russia, Latvia announced that it would not lift the ban on issuing visas to Russians, even if they tried to avoid mobilization. Since September 19, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia have banned the entry of Russian citizens with Schengen visas issued to any EU country.

In late October, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on the completion of the mobilization. Later, Putin himself spoke separately about the end of the draft.

However, the decree on the completion of mobilization was never signed by the President. On 23 January, Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed that the order was in effect despite the end of conscription.

Earlier, the presidential administration also stated that “military commissars continue to recruit military units” in accordance with the decree on mobilization at the expense of volunteers and contractors.

The fact is that the second wave of mobilization will be written about by the media in one form or another. The Russian leadership plans to toughen “action at the front”, and this will require new people, noted “layout”. In addition, Putin received the results of closed opinion polls and was convinced that the population was ready to endure a second wave of mobilization, The Wall Street Journal noted. Military registration and enlistment offices were told they were waiting for a “large amount of work”. And the publication Friedaly wrote that the governors needed to prepare for the continuation of the draft.

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