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NATO agrees to station multinational division North headquarters in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn accordance with an agreement reached by Denmark, Latvia and Estonia, it has been decided to station the headquarters of NATO’s multinational division North at Ādaži base, as confirmed by Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

The agreement was reached during the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, 11 July. Allies from Canada, Britain and Lithuania have also signed the agreement.

Objectives of multinational division North will increase defence planning, organization and realization of military drills and activities to increase compatibility and cooperation among military personnel from different countries. The newly formed headquarters meet NATO’s operational analysis requirements and will be part of the existing command structure of the alliance responsible for ensuring security in the Baltic region.

The headquarters will be an efficient and military capable structure that will provide unified command for division-sized armed forces and NATO combat groups stationed in Baltic States. Officers from participating countries – Denmark, Latvia and Estonia – will be serving in headquarters.

The headquarters will answer to the Multinational Corps Northeast, which is located in Szczecin, Poland. The headquarters will commence work in September. The initial operational potential is planned to have been reached by the first half of next year, and full operational potential – by mid-2020.

«It is a logical step towards organizing and enhancing NATO’s defence potential,» said Estonian Defence Minister Jiri Lukas. «Member states decided during the summit in Wales to form command elements: station allied combat groups in Poland and Baltic States. Now we can speak of a comprehensive military command structure that will focus on Latvia and Estonia.»

«The Baltic Sea region is currently one of the most sensitive NATO regions. It is important for the alliance’s command structure to be able to respond to actual threats and manage large-scale collective defence operations,» he said.

Latvia will provide officers and administrative personnel, as well as the necessary infrastructure at Ādaži base, as previously mentioned by Defence Ministry’s military public relations department representative Anete Gnēze.


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