Canada will extend its military influence in Latvia for 4 further years. This was stated today, on Tuesday, the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Riga the day before the next NATO summit.
Three small Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (all NATO member since 2004) – shared borders and the uneasy relationship with Russia, the situation is especially strained after the annexation of Crimea.
In connection with the tense situation, Canada sent 455 of the military in Latvia in the ranks of the military group from NATO, which also includes soldiers from Italy, Spain, Poland and Slovakia.
Trudeau said it will increase its military presence of Canadians in Latvia up to 540 people and leave them there for another 4 years after the first period will end in 2019.
“We remain resolute in our support for security in the Baltic region,” said Trudeau.
NATO members will hold requiring great emotional cost summit in Brussels from 11 to 12 July in connection with the fact that the President of the United States Donald trump is putting strong pressure on the participating countries.