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    NATO must increase its presence in Latvia by moving from deterrence to defense - Pabriks

    RIGA, June 18 (LETA) - NATO must increase its presence in Latvia by moving from deterrence to defense, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development) said at a meeting of NATO defense ministers this week.

    Explaining Latvia's observations, Pabriks emphasized that it was important to protect the territory of Latvia and the Baltic region from the first meter, referring to comments made by US President Joe Biden.

    "Therefore, Latvia will do its utmost to achieve support for a greater presence of Allied forces in the Baltic States, providing at least a brigade-sized force in each of them instead of the current battalion. We are ready to build a new training ground directly to deploy allied forces as well as we are working on the possibilities to increase the number of militarily trained inhabitants of Latvia," emphasizes Pabriks.

    Russia's unjustified attack on Ukraine has changed the security situation in the region, so NATO must move from deterrence to a defense policy with a very practical presence in the Baltics, Pabriks explains.

    The minster of defense met separately with the ministers of defense of the United States, Canada, Denmark, Turkey and Albania to explain Latvia's position and to call for an agreement at the Madrid Summit to increase the practical presence of the alliance in the Baltic States.

    • Published: 18.06.2022 08:14
    • Kristaps Ūgainis, LETA
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