NAF Com­man­der: Latvia and Es­to­nia have joint mil­i­tary pro­cure­ments planned

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Latvia and Es­to­nia have joint mil­i­tary pro­cure­ments planned, Com­man­der of Latvia’s Na­tional Armed Forces Leonīds Kal­niņš told jour­nal­ists after his meet­ing with Com­man­der of Es­to­nia’s De­fence Forces Riho Ter­ras.

Kal­niņš men­tioned that both coun­tries are lo­cated in the same re­gion and have the same goals. Be­cause of that, it would be odd if the two coun­tries did not have close co­op­er­a­tion in the field of de­fence. Com­man­ders dis­cussed de­tails re­gard­ing co­op­er­a­tion in train­ing, as well as ex­changed opin­ions in re­gards to uni­fied rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Baltic States in NATO.

«Only by work­ing to­gether and train­ing mil­i­tary per­son­nel to­gether will we be able to find the right path to ac­com­plish our ob­jec­tives,» said Kal­niņš.

When asked if the two coun­tries have plans to per­form joint pro­cure­ments, the NAF com­man­der said yes. He did not re­veal what kinds of pro­cure­ments are planned.

«Our co­op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues to im­prove in this field. This is ex­actly what we have dis­cussed with the gen­eral dur­ing our meet­ing. We have very se­ri­ous pro­cure­ments planned for the near fu­ture. I would rather not re­veal any­thing at this time, be­cause the pro­ce­dure is on­go­ing,» said Kal­niņš.

Ter­ras told jour­nal­ists that «some­times it is nec­es­sary to re­fresh ties be­tween close neigh­bours, and Latvia is one of Es­to­nia’s clos­est neigh­bours».

He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises per­formed by armies of the two coun­tries over the years.

Ter­ras also con­firmed that prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with mil­i­tary pro­cure­ments were also dis­cussed dur­ing this meet­ing. He did not men­tion any spe­cific de­tails, how­ever.

Paula Čurk­ste/LETA

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