Latvia, France sign defence cooperation agreement
Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis (Greens/ Farmers) and French Defence Minister Jeanyves Le Drian today in Paris signed the agreement between the Latvian and French governments about defence cooperation.
The agreement provides for bilateral cooperation in defence aspects such as development of security and defence concepts, strategic communication, defence and planning policy, cyber defence, military information and communication systems and the related technologies, military exercises etc.
Bergmanis said that, by signing the agreement, Latvia and France had demonstrated their ability to keep abreast of the times, just like the NATO summits in Wales and Warsaw showed that the alliance could change. “Our countries can also do that because there are many ways how we can cooperate in defence,” he said, adding that Latvia was interested in resumption of the training of officers in France which was organized until the economic crisis in 2008.
The French defence minister said that his country was and would be implementing with utmost responsibility the decisions made at the Warsaw summit regarding the deterrence policy and deployment of military units in the Baltic States. We are for peace and a positive dialogue, he said.
The new agreement will augment the legislative framework or the Latvian-french bilateral defence cooperation. Previously the bilateral defence cooperation was based on the agreement signed between the Latvian and French defence ministries on May 11, 1994, in Paris.