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LRA: coalition does not fulfil its promise regarding financing of national defence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy not supporting the initiative to amend the State Defence Financing Law, which provided for guaranteeing the necessary volume of funding for state defence, the ruling coalition refuses to fulfil its promise before society and international partners, believes Latvian Regional Alliance.

LRA’s proposed changes suggested adopting a legal guarantee to allocate 2% of GDP for defence purposes by 2018. However, the Saeima has decided to turn down this proposal.

«Today’s vote proves that the ruling coalition cannot and will not fulfil its promises. Unfortunately, this is a clear signal to our international partners that those in power in Latvia are prepared to toss around all kinds of promises, and little else. Today’s vote unfortunately ruins our country’s reputation in the eyes of the international community. How can anyone expect to rely on Latvia in terms of military assistance now if the country can’t even fulfil its promise in regard to proper funding of state defence?» – asks Dainis Liepins, head of Saeima faction of LRA.

As previously reported Latvian Regional Alliance has voiced an initiative for necessary changes to the State Defence Funding Law in order to legislatively guarantee defence funding at 2% of GDP starting with 2018.

Amendments initiated by LRA to the State Defence Funding Law provide for allocating 1.4% of GDP to defence in 2016, 1.7% in 2017 and no less than 2% of GDP in 2018. LRA believes this would help the state uphold its promises before allies on a legislative level.

In 2004 Latvia became a fully-fledged member of NATO. By joining the strongest military alliance in the world, Latvia also gained the strongest security guarantees in its history. As a member of NATO, Latvia has taken up international responsibility to secure funding for its national defence at 2% of the country’s GDP. Latvia’s State Defence Funding Law provides for Latvia starting to uphold its duty only from 2020 an onward, as reported by LRA.

Amendments proposed by the party provide for increasing defence funding to 2% of GDP by 2018. A quicker increase of defence funding would improve state defence capabilities and complete Latvia’s duty before NATO collective defence.

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