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Presence of allied forces in Latvia may become a hot potato

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe presence of allied forces in Latvia may become a ‘hot potato’ in Russia’s information campaign, as stated in a publication of Latvian Foreign Policy Institute on the country’s external and security policy by the head of Defence Policy and Strategy Office of Defence Ministry’s Defence Policy Department Martins Vargulis.

The ministry’s representative mentioned in the publication that the importance of strategic communication matters and its place in Latvia’s security police will become more topical in the future, considering the presence of allied forces in the country.

According to Vargulis, in addition to the deployment of forces, it is also necessary to increase understanding of combat functions of those NATO groups, their involvement in possible armed conflicts, synergy with Latvian national forces and other aspects. To reduce room for interpretation of the purpose of allied forces in the country, Latvia’s political elite should have a unified position on strategic communication.

The ministry’s representative expressed the opinion that the variety of opinions and position will only increase insecurity and open way to misinterpretations of this decision. «It is expected that the deployment of allied forces in Latvia may become a hot potato in Russia’s information campaign,» – said Vargulis.

He also mentioned opponents may try to look for different means and options to discredit allied forces, making it look like their presence in Latvia is illegal, disrespectful and escalation raising and contradictory to international agreements.

It was previously reported by the Canadian embassy in Latvia that Canada is well-informed of the possible disinformation campaign against NATO – Canada and other allied forces – in relation to the arrival of an international battalion in Latvia.

According to the embassy, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has already discussed the matter with the media. Canadian armed forces actively consult with Latvia and other NATO member states about all aspects of allied forces’ deployment in the region. «We are prepared to respond to disinformation and other potential challenges whenever they may appear,» – the embassy stated.

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  1. Linda says:

    If Russia had not such a nasty government the western hemisphere would not need to bristle with weapons on the eastern border.

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  2. Charles Mayson says:

    A badly timed, extremely foollsh and provocative initiative by the USA’s Euro poodles aka NATO, which will come back to bit them badly where it hurts most, like downstairs.

    Along with the medieval Trump cabinet appointments it’s not just a cold war but the very real ppossiblity of a world war.

    Add China and the China South Seas into this equation with strategic threats from its English speaking Globe News that if the USA undertakes military action it should prepare itself for a nuclear war.Add into this North Korea, the Philipines kicking out the USA base, The SOC lining up with the above and radioactive cloud and rain is going to drizzle down not just on the Baltiic states, but the whole of Europe and North America.

    There must be siomeone in West Europe who has the balls to stop this suicidal madness in its tracks and put the NATO secetary General into early retirement and tell the USA troops to go back home to its political circus in bogan land.

    Thank god i live in an island in the South seas.

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  3. Ilmars says:

    The above load of written crap is part of the aforementioned Russian “information campaign”.
    Russia is what is has always been – a backward, closed authoritorian regime.
    Putin, himself, closed down all demonstations in Moscow 3 years ago when the Russian crowds were chanting “Putin out”.
    This type of propaganda might play well with nickalai and olga in their upgraded collective farm west of Khabarosk, but in the rest of the world, it is just neo-communist drivel.
    The Russians should upgrade their propaganda, and get better propagandists, because no one in their right mind would beleive this palpable nonsense.

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