Canada de­cides to ex­tend rule over NATO multi-na­tional bat­tal­ion in Ādaži for four years

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Canada has de­cided to ex­tend its rule over NATO’s multi­na­tional bat­tal­ion sta­tioned in Latvia for four more years, Canada’s Prime Min­is­ter Justin Pierre James Trudeau con­firmed at a press-con­fer­ence.

The pre­vi­ous end term was 2019. Not it has been ex­tended for four more years, said Trudeau af­ter his meet­ing with Lat­vian Prime Min­is­ter Māris Kučin­skis.

Latvia’s prime min­is­ter ad­mits that this de­ci­sion from Canada is a great gift for Latvia on its cen­te­nary.

The ob­jec­tive be­hind ex­panded pres­ence of NATO forces is im­prov­ing ex­ist­ing de­ter­rence and se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­i­ties, demon­strat­ing the al­liance’s sol­i­dar­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­tect mem­ber states from any forms of ag­gres­sion. A fes­tive wel­com­ing cer­e­mony was held at Ādaži base on 19 June 2017. The multi-na­tional NATO bat­tal­ion is com­manded by Canada. It con­sists of more than 1,000 troops from Al­ba­nia, Czech Repub­lic, Italy, Poland, Canada, Slo­vakia, Slove­nia and Spain.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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