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Millions to be invested in army infrastructure projects in Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Defence Ministry plans to invest several million euros into army infrastructure projects in Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale, according to the ministry’s report to the government.

In Latgale, the ministry plans to invest approximately EUR 7.5 million into infrastructure development throughout 2017-2019. The aforementioned investment volume is intended to improve infrastructure of army bases in Rezekne, Daugavpils and Preili, as well as construction of radar site in the region.

Defence Ministry also intends to commence work on development of regional landfills. To improve military infrastructure in Latgale, the ministry intends to expand the existing landfill there to approximately 2,100 ha and set up new firing ranges and training grounds.

In addition, it is also planned to sign a land lease to use approximately 2,000 ha of land for military training purposes. Until now there was no regional landfill in Latgale that would fit the requirements for military training of Latvia’s National Armed Forces. Development and growth of Latvia’s National Guard continues. With that, the need for wider and more expansive training territories increases in Latgale.

The ministry plans to ask Latvian State Forests to provide the necessary land. Talks have commenced with LSF about the landfill development project. Once initial details have been confirmed, it will be possible to specify the required size of land and borders of the new landfill. The planned funding of this project is EUR 1.7 million.

To improve reconnaissance, air space monitoring and anti-air defence capabilities in Latgale, the ministry plans to set up radar positions. The costs of this project are estimated at EUR 4.3 million.

Although the National Guard’s third brigade is stationed in parts of Zemgale and Vidzeme, this unit is considered one. This is why infrastructure development projects intended to improve this brigades combat capabilities are especially important there.

To improve Latvia’s military support infrastructure as the host country, it is planned to reconstruct the railway ramp in Jekapbils by attracting NATO security investment programme. Negotiations are currently being carried out to allow Defence Ministry to use it indefinitely.

In its report, the ministry reminds that the current security situation in the region is unstable. The ministry adds that improvements to the National Guard’s combat capabilities in Latgale and overall increase of presence of armed forces in the region would increase the level of defence in the border region.

The ministry intends to present its report to the government next week.

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