RIGA - Despite press reports and various rumours that agreement with Russia on use of the Skrunda radar could be extended, the radar will halt operation on Aug. 31, Latvian Foreign Minister Valdis Birkavs told a news conference July 29. Birkavs said his conviction was grounded in the fact that a tender on dismantling the radar, organized by Russia, has been completed, and one Latvian firm has emerged as winner. An Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe official is expected to arrive in Latvia on Aug. 31 and an inspection team will arrive later to "confirm by its measurements th...
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