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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, April 24th, 150 NATO soldiers will arrive in Latvia to participate in military exercises in Ādaži.

‘They will arrive today. However, talks about the possible increase of their numbers in Latvia will continue. It is possible that their numbers may grow,’ – said Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis in his interview to Latvijas Radio.

It is currently uncertain as to how long NATO soldiers will remain in Latvia. Talks on this matter will continue. Military exercises will last a long time. Soldiers will likely remain in Latvia for several months.

‘The terms are not set. Talks are being held with armed forces of other NATO member states regarding their posting in Latvia as part of rotation,’ – said the minister.

The minister also added that this will be the first step in NATO’s plans for the region.

At the same time, Vejonis admits that this is a temporary solution: long-term cooperation will be more intensive. ‘We will continue talks with our partners. The presence of allied armed forces in the Baltic region will become more intensive in the future. If the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, the presence of allied forces in the Baltic region will be much larger.’

The first 150 NATO soldiers will arrive from Italy. They will be posted in a military base in Ādaži. Their arrival is in accordance with NATO Council’s recent decision to increase the bloc’s military presence in Eastern Europe. American and Latvian soldiers will participate in military exercises in the Baltics and Poland.

This Wednesday, 150 U.S. soldiers arrived in Poland. This is the first group out of 600 American soldiers that are being sent by the American government to Baltic States and Poland as a result of the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    So a Russian response could lead to retaliation, the collateral damage being – Latvian dead. America is here for American corporate interests, not Latvian interests.

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