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NATO criticizes Latvia’s small defence budget

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNATO member states have been criticizing Latvian Defence Ministry for its inadequate defence budget, says Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis.

Vejonis reminds that Latvia’s current defence budget does not comply with previously approved political decisions: Latvia had previously promised to allocate 2% of GDP to defence by 2020.

‘Only 0.91% of GDP is allocated to defence. Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine we have received numerous criticisms from NATO member states, saying that we regularly fail to complete our responsibilities while asking for a larger presence of NATO forces in this region. This criticism is not unique to just Latvia – our Lithuanian colleagues are criticized as well,’ – said Vejonis.

As previously reported, the current plan for defence expenses does not show signs of growth in any of the coming years. Overall growth rates do not reach even 1% of GDP. Latvia did, however, promise to allocate 2% of GDP to defence by 2020.

According to information provided by Defence Ministry, next year’s defence budget is planned at EUR 233 million; that of 2016 – EUR 231 million and defence budget of 2017 is planned at EUR 209 million.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    Come on, Latvia. Put your hands in your pockets. Russia is behaving aggressively by capturing America’s markets. It has to be stopped and you’re not in the frontlines, you are the frontlines.

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  2. Opaa says:

    Latvia is hoping again for Estonians to save them. History repeats itself all the time.

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  3. mike walsh says:

    After the appalling pogrom in Odessa in which so far 40 civilians have died the Baltic news network emerges with blood on its hands. The leaders of the Baltic States, in harmony their compliant media, have 1) falsely demonised Russia, 2) encouraged the U.S. to provoke Russia. 3) allowed the US to use Ukraine to lure Russia into an invasion to rescue Russians in Ukraine… so they, the US can posture as victims of Russian aggression and get their war. I have written copiously and passionately against Bolshevism all my life, tarred as a Nazi for doing so. I have every sympathy with the Baltic peoples suppressed, murdered and deported. However, on this occasion, if it happens, posterity will record that the slap the Baltic gets was in return for Baltic treachery.

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    • Linda says:

      OMG you do write some hogwash. The only culprit in the fermenting of unrest, war etc is RUSSIA.

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    • jj says:

      It might be an idea for you to look up the definition of a pogrom before spouting yet more rubbish (and Bolshevism as well – what has that got to do with Putin or Ukraine).

      Why are you so keen on the idea of Latvia being a target of Russia? I can understand (although disagree) with their actions in Ukraine, but I see no reason whatsoever for Latvia to be worried.
      You seem positively thrilled by the prospect.

      Since you despise the Baltic States so much (even their airports and airlines since you choose to try and travel from Alicante) why on earth do you keep pumping out rubbish on this website.

      Linda is right – completely ignorant garbage.

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