Canada to deploy a general and staff to Latvia for new NATO unit -PM Trudeau1 min read
By Steve Scherer
OTTAWA, May perhaps 12 (Reuters) – Canada will deploy a standard and 6 staff officers to a new NATO device in Latvia that will aid system, coordinate and integrate regional military services routines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Canada expanded and extended its participation a North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s battlegroup there that also involves troops from Italy, Spain, Poland and Slovakia.
The normal and team officers will “be portion of a 1st of its type unit,” Trudeau explained to reporters at a joint news meeting with Latvian Key Minister Krisjanis Karins. “It will provide as a ongoing essential section of our enhancements to NATO’s defense and deterrence abilities.”
Canada has nearly 700 customers of its armed forces deployed in Latvia, a smaller Baltic state that shares a border with Russia.
The Latvian prime minister welcomed Canada’s participation in a new “multi-divisional headquarters” there.
“That is a phase in the absolute appropriate course,” Karins reported. “It’s mainly a information to Moscow and to (President Vladimir) Putin that we are dead significant about defending ourselves.”
(Reporting by Steve Scherer Enhancing by Chris Reese and Nick Zieminski)
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