Latvia: Canadian, Latvian defence ministers agree on NATO brigade

The defence ministers of Canada and Latvia have signed a commitment to increase the size of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence battle group in Latvia to a brigade, LETA reports. Under the plan, Canada will double its number of troops in Latvia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that other NATO allies would also increase their presence in Latvia. The NATO battle group in Latvia includes troops from 12 allied countries. The plan will involve 2,200 persistently deployed Canadian troops and the ability to add hundreds more as needed, National Post reports. The brigade deployment is due to be completed in 2025.

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