Russia jets make ''simulated attack'' passes near US destroyer: US

 Two Russian warplanes flew simulated attack passes near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, the US military said, with one official describing them as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory.

Russia could overrun two European nations in 60 hours, warns US think tank

Russia could overrun two European nations in 60 hours, warns US think tank

In the event of such a development, NATO forces would suffer severe damage including loss of human lives. 

UK to send troops to Baltic region to deter Russian aggression

Around 100 British military personnel will be sent to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Baltic region, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.

Two US Predator drones deployed to Latvia

The US military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator surveillance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia for a two-week training mission aimed at reassuring European allies wary of Russia.

Novak Djokovic holds off Ernests Gulbis, Rafael Nadal exits in Montreal

Novak Djokovic holds off Ernests Gulbis, Rafael Nadal exits in Montreal

Novak Djokovic had to fight off an upset bid from qualifier Ernests Gulbis, finally defeating the Latvian 5-7, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Montreal Masters.

US to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe

US to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe

The United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russian involvement in Ukraine.

US to `pre-position` heavy weapons along NATO`s eastern flank

The US will pre-position heavy weapons, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery in central and eastern Europe for the first time, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday in Estonia`s capital Tallinn.

Huge crowds throng gay parade in Latvia

 Some 5,000 people took to the streets of the Latvian capital for a gay pride parade, the culminating event of the EuroPride 2015 week which took place here from June 15-20.

Latvia says Russia tension worst since Cuban missile crisis

Russia`s nuclear "sabre-rattling" and refusal to abide by the terms of a ceasefire in Ukraine have dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said on Thursday.

Guus Hiddink relieved after Dutch win in Latvia

Guus Hiddink relieved after Dutch win in Latvia

Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink was a relieved man after his team won their Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia 2-0 on Friday to retain hope of an automatic berth at next year’s finals. 

Ron Vlaar fit again for Dutch qualifier

Ron Vlaar fit again for Dutch qualifier

Fit-again defender Ron Vlaar will be available for Netherlands` key EURO 2016 qualifier against Latvia in Riga on Friday, team officials said on Tuesday.

Latvia elects Green party`s Vejonis as president

Latvia`s Parliament on Wednesday elected Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis as the Baltic state`s new president, giving the 28th member of the European Union a Green party head of state.

Latvia to choose president in controversial `black box` vote

 Latvia`s parliament votes for a new president on Wednesday as the small Baltic NATO and eurozone member weighs security concerns amid heightened tensions with Soviet-era master Russia.

NATO flexes muscles in Baltics, Poland

US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia`s nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.

Armenia, Belarus baulk at Riga summit declaration: Sources

 Armenia and Belarus are holding up agreement on a joint declaration at the EU-Eastern Partnership summit over references to Russia`s annexation of Crimea last year, diplomatic sources said Thursday.

Baltic countries request permanent NATO troop presence

The three Baltic countries are asking NATO to permanently deploy an army brigade to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia.

Russian paratroopers in drills on border with Estonia, Latvia

Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country`s west on Wednesday as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units in the latest show of strength likely to alarm its neighbours.

Latvia begins six-month EU presidency

 Latvia Thursday began its presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), declaring involvement, growth and sustainability as the presidency`s main principles.

Iran nuclear talks hang in the balance

A final round of talks on Iran`s nuclear programme before a looming deadline hung in the balance on Thursday as Britain expressed pessimism a deal could be done in time and foreign ministers stayed away.

Daley Blind blow worsens situation at injury-ridden Manchester United

Daley Blind blow worsens situation at injury-ridden Manchester United

With Arsenal waiting in the weekend's Premier League tie at the Emirates in London, the situation at Manchester United has hit a new low. Daley Blind who has been Louis van Gaal's one of the main components as an utility player, is reportedly out for upto six weeks with a knee injury. The Dutch international suffered a blow on his knee in the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Netherlands and Latvia.