The United States has approved plans to strengthen the presence of its troops in the Baltic states, the LETA agency reported, quoting the Latvian defense minister. This is to be the implementation of President Joe Biden’s announcement from the June NATO summit in Madrid.
According to the LETA agency, with reference to Latvian According to the Ministry of Defence, artillery and air force units are to be sent to Latvia, which will be stationed in rotation at the bases in Adazi and Lielvarde.
– When our transatlantic partners talk about defending the Baltic states, they are not joking. Row USA understands that deterrence is based on a strong presence and cooperation, said the head of the Latvian Ministry of Defense Artis Pabriks, quoted by the agency. – Our allies have always supported the independence of the Baltic states and today, assessing geopolitical risks, they convincingly show that they will continue to do so – he added.
Earlier, Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur announced that infantry subunits and a platoon operating artillery systems are to be sent to his country HIMARS.
Joe Biden announced his support
On June 30, US President Joe Biden, summing up the NATO summit in Madrid, wrote that “earlier this year, the US sent an additional 20,000 troops to Europe to strengthen our alliance in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and the changing security environment.” “We will continue to adjust the deployment of forces to ensure the defense of our allies,” he assured then.
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