Defence minister talks with NATO allies about strengthening Latvian battlegroup

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OTTAWA –


Defence Minister Anita Anand says she has met with allies to debate reinforcing a NATO battlegroup in Latvia with hundreds extra troopers, at the same time as uncertainty swirls round what extra this nation can truly present.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced an settlement in June to strengthen the two,000-soldier battlegroup, which Canada has been main since 2016 and consists of troops from 10 different NATO members.


The deal adopted comparable preparations involving seven different japanese European nations the place NATO has battlegroups designed to discourage the specter of a Russian assault.


At a NATO defence ministers’ assembly in Brussels this morning, Anand says she spoke with representatives from the opposite nations with a presence in Latvia about including extra troops and tools.


Latvian Ambassador to Canada Kaspars Ozolins says such talks are nonetheless of their early phases, however are anticipated to ramp up because the companions iron out who will contribute what and the place.


It stays unclear what number of troops Canada can add to the 700 already in Latvia, with the Canadian Armed Forces struggling with a essential personnel scarcity.


This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 12, 2022.

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