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Merkel: Germany is prepared to assist Baltics in security measures

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Baltic region requires an infrastructure system that would allow immediate reaction to Russia’s activity. Such was the conclusion of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel after her meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma.

Merkel said that she believes residents of the Baltic region are currently concerned about their security in relation to Russia’s activities in Ukraine. «We need to provide all conditions in order to make sure that when support from NATO partners is necessary, it is possible to react immediately,» – said Merkel.

The German politician emphasized that Article 5 of the NATO treaty regarding assistance to allies is not there just for show – if NATO allies are threatened, there will be real action taken. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen manoeuvres in order to make sure allied forces are able to respond when necessary. «Article 5 is not a theoretical agreement. It is an agreement that must be upheld if needed. We need to prepare for such situations,» – said the German Chancellor.

This does not mean long-term stationing of armed forces. It means refining cooperation in other areas, she added.

Merkel expressed regret that the security situation in Ukraine has worsened. She did not say, however, if it is necessary to deploy armed units in the region. She reminded that Germany will soon take over patrolling of Baltic skies. She added that there should be all necessary conditions in play that would allow for immediate action. «Germany is prepared to contribute to the wish of Latvian and other Baltic residents’ wish for security,» – said Merkel.

During their discussion, Straujuma mentioned that Latvia requires constant presence of allied forces and that this would contribute to the formation of manoeuvres and infrastructure. She expressed satisfaction that Merkel has confirmed that NATO will assist Latvia if need be.

Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis noted by the mediation of his advisor, Aija Jakubovska, that he welcomes Merkel’s confirmation that Germany will comply with Article 5 of NATO treaty and that Germany will look for ways for Baltic States and Poland to increase their defensive capabilities, including active participation in military exercises.

«I am certain that all 28 countries will reach an agreement during the summit in Wales and that this agreement will demonstrate NATO member states’ united solidarity and security of Baltic States and Poland,’ – said Vejonis.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    What a remarkable prophecy: ANGELA MERKEL: Adolf Hitler in 1923 predicted a defeated post War German Governments: “Then things will come to such a pass that we shall be a people working for alien masters. Germany will be a plantation worked at the will of the alien, the victim of alien cupidity, with a Government which has ceased to be a Government at all since it governs no longer; it is but a bailiff carrying out the orders of foreign powers.”

    PS Re-caption headline: “Germany May be able to Assist if Russia Retaliates against Baltic Belligerence.’

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    • Linda says:

      Perhaps it was written in the stars … after all Hitler consulted his horoscope before consulting with his generals. At last Germany may protect what was destroyed in 1939.

      pssst: where did Hitler write your quotation …. was it that boring book Mein Kampf?

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