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    Canada to increase number of troops deployed to Latvia

    RIGA, July 12 (LETA) - Following Canada's decision to extend its leadership of NATO battlegroup based in Latvia for another four years, Canada will also increase the number of Canadian Armed Forces members deployed to Latvia from 455 to 540, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office said in a new release.

    Trudeau said during his visit to Latvia on July 10 that Canada's mission leadership had been extended until 2023.

    Canada's contribution to NATO under Operation Reassurance will continue to include air surveillance, air policing, training, and maritime operations, in addition to the land forces deployed to Latvia.

    As reported, Trudeau said that Canada will not change its stance on the security of the Baltics, which is why it has undertaken the leadership role of the NATO battalion in Latvia.

    "We are prepared to continue supporting our allies," the Canadian prime minister said.

    Meanwhile, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said that this decision by the Canadian side "is the perfect gift to Latvia on its centenary".

    The battalion, led by Canada, is currently made up of over 1,000 soldiers from Canada, Italy, Poland, Albania, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and is one of NATO's strategies to enhance the NATO presence in the region and strengthen the region's security.

    • Published: 12.07.2018 12:05
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