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Ukraine. Latvian Defense Minister: The next two months will be decisive for the Ukrainian counter-offensive

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The next two months are the decisive time that the Ukrainians can use to make progress on the front, Latvian Defense Minister Inara Murniece assessed on Monday. She pointed out that for this reason military supplies for the Ukrainian armed forces from the West are “key”.

Last week, Inara Murniece met her Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Reznikov in Kiev, followed by a meeting of the Contact Group on Defense Support Ukraine at the US military base in Ramstein in Germany. The head of the Latvian Ministry of Defense spoke about these meetings at a press conference in Riga on Monday.

– Both during the conversation with Minister Reznikov and at the meeting in Ramstein, the general assessment of the situation was that the Ukrainians have two months – this is a decisive time that they can use to advance on the front, which means that military supplies to the Ukrainian armed forces are now crucial – said the Minister of Defence Latviaquoted by Leta agency.

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Murniece also said that, according to military experts, within the next five years Russia it may be able to rebuild its troops and, although it does not currently threaten Latvia directly, Riga must do everything in its power to ensure that “at the decisive moment, if one comes, Latvia is fully prepared to repel possible military aggression.” “World peace is fragile and things can change,” she said.

The minister assured that the Latvian national defense sector has recently been subsidized in order to increase its efficiency. As she reported, Latvia plans to spend 600 million euros between 2023 and 2025 on anti-aircraft defense, considered crucial for the defense of the country.

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