Latvia closes border crossing with Russia to keep away from threats to ‘public order and nationwide safety’ – JURIST


The Latvian Cupboard of Ministers announced Thursday its plan to shut the Ventuli and Pedeze border crossing factors to Russia. These modifications had been direct responses to Russia’s coverage of permitting Ukrainian passport holders to enter Russia from two border factors, one being the Vientuli crossing. Latvia claimed this was an try to “current tensions on its border.”

Following a sitting of the Latvian Cupboard of Ministers on Thursday, the brand new draft order “On Suspension of Operation of Border Crossing Factors on the State Border of the Republic of Latvia – Russian Federation” was launched. The order requires the “suspension of the operation” of the 2 border crossing factors from 16 October 2023, simply 4 days after Russia knowledgeable the Latvian Ministry of Overseas Affairs of their new plan to permit Ukrainians into the nation. Of the border crossings chosen by Russia, the Sheremetyevo Worldwide Airport in Moscow and the Vientuļi border crossing level on the Latvia -Russia border, Vientuli is the “smallest border management level on the border.” Attributable to this, the Cupboard expressed their concern that conserving the border open would “considerably have an effect on public order and pose a menace to nationwide safety.” Causes for closing the Pededze crossing weren’t disclosed.

Latvian Overseas Minister Kriskanis Karins condemned Russia’s actions, claiming that “Russia continues its ways, attempting to divide the EU member states which have a border with.” He additional said, “Such conduct is doomed to failure.” Of their assertion saying the border closure, the Latvian Cupboard upheld this opinion, affirming that Russia’s actions had been “an try to divide the European Union.”

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