OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canada will deploy a general and 6 workers officers to a new NATO device in Latvia that will enable strategy, coordinate and integrate regional military routines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed on Thursday.
In reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Canada expanded and prolonged its participation a North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s battlegroup there that also includes troops from Italy, Spain, Poland and Slovakia.
The normal and workers officers will “be component of a initial of its kind device,” Trudeau instructed reporters at a joint news conference with Latvian Primary Minister Krisjanis Karins. “It’ll provide as a ongoing essential element of our enhancements to NATO’s defense and deterrence abilities.”
Canada has almost 700 customers of its armed forces deployed in Latvia, a smaller Baltic state that shares a border with Russia.
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The Latvian key minister welcomed Canada’s participation in a new “multi-divisional headquarters” there.
“That is a stage in the absolute proper path,” Karins said. “It really is generally a information to Moscow and to (President Vladimir) Putin that we are lifeless really serious about defending ourselves.”
(Reporting by Steve SchererEditing by Chris Reese and Nick Zieminski)
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