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PHOTO: American soldiers are welcomed at Ādaži base

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Soldiers of one of the best armies of the world have arrived in Latvia. This act of support proves to Latvia that NATO remains true to its word and that Latvia is an important NATO partner, said Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma at Ādaži military base this Friday.

In her speech, Straujuma mentioned that the arrival of U.S. troops shows unity of NATO partner states in a time when a complicated situation is brewing between Russia and Ukraine. Today Latvia feels positive about the decision it made ten years ago on joining NATO.

Latvia’s Prime Minister thanked all NATO member states, including USA, for helping increase security in the region.

Defence minister Raimonds Vejonis also expressed his gratitude for support and NATO’s lasting presence and contribution to cooperation between countries. The minister also said the presence of American soldiers in Latvia is also a plus for Latvian soldiers.

In his speech, the minister confirmed that Latvia sees USA as a strategic partner and ally in security matters in the Baltic region. Cooperation between the two countries is currently noted in a number of different project. The arrival of American soldiers opens a new chapter in bilateral relations between these two countries. Bilateral military exercises will help American and Latvian soldiers improve their readiness and gain valuable experience to face possible security challenges in the future, said Vejonis.

U.S. ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala noted that Latvian and American soldiers have been standing side-by-side for several years – serving together in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also mentioned cooperation between armies of the two countries in the military exercises in Liberia, Michigan and Latvia.

The arrival of American soldiers in Latvia means further strengthening of relations and friendship. The deployment of additional troops in Latvia is a very important decision to ensure freedom and peace in the Baltic region, said the U.S. ambassador.

Commander of Latvia’s National Armed Forces Raimonds Graube expressed joy for the quickness of response and overall activity of soldiers. The latter did not, however, surprise him all that much. Soldiers have already proven their ability to cooperate with each other in many projects in the past. The presence of American troops will increase Latvia’s readiness and overall professionalism of the country’s army and level of the country’s defence.


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  1. mike walsh says:

    ‘Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.’ Henry Kissinger as  quoted in Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW in Vietnam (1990) by Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson.  

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  2. mike walsh says:

    A great picture of how to lay out the red carpet for Russian troops: I QUOTE: Why an enemy? Because the Russians stand up to NATO. This may not earn the approval of the orchestrated palace media but we plebeians are more understanding: Go ahead, Baltic States: Lay out the red carpet for the Russian reaction to NATO provocations: I QUOTE: “Our concern is caused by an increase of US air force and the American military personnel in the Baltic, Poland, and also the Alliance’s ships in the Black Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement, quoting General Valery Gerasimov. NATO wargames in Eastern Europe are also “not helping” to normalize the situation, Russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoigu said earlier.

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    • Briviba Latvija says:

      Putin & his ilk are not needed. USA and the free world do not need more Russia mafia controlled countries. Freedom can be achieved when oppressed peoples rise up and form a more perfect union…the Baltics forcibly annexed by Stalin in a illegal pact overthrow the occupiers in the awakening of 1989=1991 and that was done with the blood of heroic Latvian, Estonia & Lithuanian patriots and not military men. The aggressor is Putin and he like the other A-holes in North Korea, etc. do not play the game you propose…leaves little for the EU and USA to do.
      SUPPP ORT OUR FRIENDS and not the corrupt governments that live in the last century. Do not purchase LUKOIL it is a front for the Russian mob.

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  3. Estonian says:

    Be quiet kremlin dog – kaf, kaf.

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