- Canada will send a general officer and six staff members to NATO’s Multinational Division North Headquarters in Dai, Latvia, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- According to Trudeau, these issues will be explored further during the upcoming NATO Summit in Madrid, which starts on June 29.
On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada would send a general officer and six staff personnel to NATO’s Multinational Division North Headquarters in Dai, Latvia.
After a closed-door session with Latvian Prime Minister Krijnis Kari, the announcement was made.
“They’ll be part of a first-of-its-kind unit in the northern Baltic Sea region to help plan, coordinate, and integrate regional military exercises that will be a continuing and crucial element of our advancements to NATO’s defense and deterrent capabilities,” Trudeau said.
As part of Operation Reassurance’s Forward Presence Battle Group, Canada deployed almost 700 soldiers to Latvia.
The increased reinforcement, according to Kari, is a “move definitely in the right way, and it’s very, very much welcomed.”
Trudeau stated that the two talked about the shifting security dynamics in the Baltic region as well as the necessity to examine NATO’s risk posture.
“Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine demonstrates…[its] willingness to make enormous strategic mistakes, act contrary to all logical assumptions, and miscalculate so much,” he stated.
On Wednesday evening, Karin told CTV News Channel’s Power Play that Latvia and other Baltic republics want NATO’s presence there to shift from a “tripwire” to an “active, forward” defense posture.
“When it arrives in our defense, NATO’s defense, we need to make it far more robust, and we need to make it permanent.” He added, “And we need to alter it from a tripwire defense… to an active forward defense.”
According to Karin, this would prevent Russians from attempting to expand anywhere in the future because it would be evident that their advances would be halted right away.
On Thursday, Latvia’s prime minister reiterated his request.
“NATO’s approach or proper response is a political decision to, in a way, increase our capabilities to decrease the likelihood of any such attack in the Baltics,” he said.
These topics, according to Trudeau, will be discussed further during the forthcoming NATO Summit in Madrid, which begins on June 29.
Source: CTV News
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