Latvia, France sign de­fence co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

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.

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