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Defence Minister: decisions at NATO Warsaw summit will not just apply to defence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is clear that the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw will result in serious decisions. The real work, however, will begin after the summit, when decisions will have to be realized, said Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT on 17 June.

When asked what objectives Latvia will have to complete before the Warsaw summit, Bergmanis said that it is necessary to finish the work left from the Wales summit: fully realize the NATO rapid response plan. The minister explained that six Eastern European NATO headquarters elements that have reached their full operational capacity will be tested.

The minister added that the range of matters to be discussed at the Warsaw summit will be very wide. This is why completion of the necessary objectives will require active participation from Defence Ministry and other industries. «This applies to the entire country, on the people’s confidence, their commitment, as well economic matters, agriculture, education – everything,» – said the Defence Minister.

He admits that it is worth learning from Ukraine’s experience to be able to identify the beginning of a hybrid war. Bergmanis did, however, avoid giving a clear answer as to whether or not NATO member states would be able to provide an adequate response in the event of a hybrid war. «We’re working on that – […] on early warning system, identification and reconnaissance. All of these factors are important to make decisions, because information has to be carefully checked before action can be taken,» – said Bergmanis.

As it is known, there will be a NATO summit in Warsaw on 8 – 9 July. The most important matter to be discussed will be the enhancement of the alliance’s capabilities, adaptation to the new security situation, the alliance’s presence in Afghanistan and improvement of cooperation between Europe and North America.

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