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Estonian expert: Latvia is “blank spot” in terms of defence

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Latvia’s armed forces are completely unprepared for fighting – they are not only incapable of defending their country, but are also incompetent in cooperating on an international level, Estonia’s Defence Issue Expert Krel Kass. He believes Latvia is a “blank spot” in terms of defence.

After 20 years, Latvian and Estonian armed forces are on diametrically opposite situations. As a result, Estonia’s southern border is completely defenceless, Kass told the Estonian Postimees newspaper.

Even though Estonia is the smallest Baltic country in regard to territory and population, it is currently the only country with constant defensive capabilities. Estonia’s army knows how to fight and how to defend its country, says the expert.

He notes Lithuania can be described similarly in some points, but not Latvia.

In the event of a military conflict, given the lack of Latvia’s army, Estonia would have to defend its southern border. The retired Swedish army General Karil Neretnieks, who has Latvians in his ancestors, believes the same.

An aggressor that could come from Estonia’s side would meet a long resistance. Estonia’s contribution to the defence of the Baltic Sea region will be very notable in the end of the current decade, the general wrote in the study of Baltic States’ defence capabilities.

He did not hide the fact that disappointment with their southern neighbours is also spread in the ranks of the army, Defence Ministry and defence experts.

Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks believes the statements regarding the incompetency of Latvia’s armed forces are subject to ruling tendencies. “Our Estonian brothers can sleep well, their southern border is definitely not in danger,” – he told LETA.

According to him, the article that states Latvia’s army is a “blank spot” is tendentious and published not at the right time – the week when Latvia celebrates Lacplesis Day along with an expected state jubilee. The minister allows for the possibility that that is exactly why the article was published.

“This article makes the situation more tense than it needs to be. It could increase tension between the two Baltic countries. Those statements are absolute, considered as a fact, but they have no cover – no analysis was carried out,”- the politician said.

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  1. Estonian says:

    Original article was much more critisice. Saying that Latvia is the biggest military threat to Estonia. Of course these kinds of critics will bring only tensions between the neighbours, but it is just stupid, that in the summer, men in desert uniform running around in the forest, cause there is no money to buy green ones. Raises a question for who Latvia army is build on?

  2. JPR says:

    There is no need for an army in Latvia. Just fire the people and save the cash

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