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Bergmanis satisfied that Canadian-led combat group will be stationed in Latvia

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«Latvia is a member of the world’s strongest military alliance, and the presence of Canadian-led combat group in the country will significantly strengthen our defensive capabilities,» says Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.

On Tuesday, 18 April, National Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Ivo Mogilnijs and Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Joint Operations Command Readiness security chief, Brigadier General Bruce Ploughman signed a technical agreement that covers the main aspects for the deployment of Canadian-led NATO combat group in Latvia, as reported by Defence Ministry.

«I am satisfied that soon Canadian-led combat group will soon be deployed in Latvia, and this agreement will ensure proper function of this unit in the country,» Bergmanis said.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan notes: «This event will bring Canadian troops and allies from Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain closer together in Latvia. By taking on management of the combat group, we once again demonstrate our position and role in the alliance and its goal to contribute to collective security.»

Defence Ministry reports that the agreement’s signing ceremony was also attended by Canada’s ambassador in Latvia Alain Hausser and Latvian Defence Ministry’s Executive Secretary for military capabilities development affairs Juris Kiukucans.

As previously reported, NATO multinational combat group will be deployed in Latvia in June 2017. It will consist of 1,000 allied troops, including up to 455 Canadian troops.


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