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    NATO summit agrees to boost air, naval capacity in Baltic region - Latvian president

    RIGA, July 12 (LETA) - The heads of state and government of the NATO member states at the summit in Brussels on Wednesday agreed to strengthen the military capacity of the air and naval forces in the Baltic region, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said.

    The alliance also undertook to increase its capacity of dealing with conventional and hybrid threats by creating a mechanism for assistance in case of a hybrid threat, the Latvian president's office said.

    "The NATO summit in Brussels can already be considered a success because these decisions will make NATO even stronger and will further reinforce protection of our region. They will further improve NATO's ability to respond to crises and strengthen NATO's presence in our region," the Latvian president said.

    During the summit the allies agreed on a new initiative, the Four 30s, to have 30 troop battalions, 30 aircraft squadrons and 30 warships ready to deploy within 30 days by 2020.

    According to the Latvian president, the allies appreciated the increase of the Latvian defense budget to 2 percent of GDP. The increased allocations will strengthen Latvia's defense and its position in the alliance, he said.

    Vejonis underlined the need for unity among the NATO members for the alliance to deal with the new security challenges.

    The Latvian president welcomed the agreement signed in Brussels by Denmark, Baltic states, Canada and the United Kingdom about establishing the headquarters of NATO Multinational Division North in Latvia as it will improve NATO's defense planning and actual operations in the Baltic states.

    The NATO summit in Brussels will continue today with a working session with the representatives of Ukraine and Georgia to discuss the security challenges in the region.

    • Published: 12.07.2018 09:30
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