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Latvia ambassador to NATO: alliance reproaches our small defence budget

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NATO reproaches about Latvia’s small defence budget should be treated most seriously, despite we were not the only country suggested considering this budget more carefully, says Māris Riekstiņš, ambassador of Latvia to NATO.

There is huge difference between the resources US allocates to its defence budget and what other countries can afford. Latvia has been cutting its defence sector spending. However, it must be clear we are not the only ones in a tough economical situation, he told in LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

He admits the decision to spend 2% of GDP to defence was a gentlemen’s agreement. It is the amount each country has to spend for the matter. What matters is solidarity, so that countries make proportional contributions. We cannot make use of defence others have ensured without making some contribution ourselves, he says, adding that if we do not do anything, other countries will start feeling quite reserved in terms of Latvia’s defence issues. We should signal clearly we will pay the same sums as soon as it is possible, Riekstins stresses.

He also added the matter will not be solved by considering exclusion of one or another country from the alliance.

Of course, also other countries have been reproached in a similar way, especially those in the most severe economic situation, he notes.


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