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Minister: Latvian has to enhance its self-defence capabilities

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUConclusions made in RAND Corporation’s recent war games in regards to Russia’s ability to conquer Baltic States and NATO’s apparently lacking ability to defend its member states did not come out of nowhere.

Other international research institutions and think tanks had previously carried out similar studies, notes Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.

At the same time, according to him, there is a certain level of concern as to what such conclusions could do in the minds of Latvian residents, as reported by Defence Ministry.

This is why, considering the geographical location of NATO’s eastern flank countries and the unpredictable nature of Russia’s behaviour, NATO has carried out and will continue carrying out measures to deter Russia from aggressive actions against any of the Baltic States, says the minister.

«In addition, I believe NATO should make decisions in regards to long-term solutions in regards to the security of Baltic States at this year’s summit in Warsaw. Latvia should further enhance its self-defence capabilities and early-warning system to make sure Russia does not begin any acts of aggression against one of Baltic States,» – adds Bergmanis.

«Our country’s security is based on three main factors. Together, they form what’s called the deterrence policy. First of all, it is the country’s self-defence capabilities and the development of its armed forces. Secondly, it is the presence of allies and their support in ensuring state security. Thirdly, it is the development an early-warning and information exchange system,» – says the minister, reminding that his main priority is raising combat capabilities of Latvia’s National Armed Forces.

«The presence of NATO troops is also a priority – important, sustained and visible. This is our goal to deter the potential aggressor and prevent even the thought of attacking a NATO member state,» – adds Bergmanis.

BNN had previously reported – if Russia were to attack Baltic States, NATO forces stationed there would be crushed within three days, as concluded after of war games organized by RAND Corporation, officers of U.S. military and civil officials.

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