M. Kucinskis with NATO representatives discuss current security policy issues

 Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis Wednesday, March 15, Riga, met with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly deputies.

During the meeting the officials discussed the current security policy issues, with a particular emphasis on NATO Warsaw Summit decisions into use.

M. Kucinskis noted that Latvia welcomes the decision of the Warsaw Summit to strengthen the NATO presence in the region by sending a NATO battle groups. "It is hoped that such a situation would never come when we will need to NATO battle groups use, however, the battle group should be not formal, but actually able to handle a crisis. Necessary training, which is being played out various scenarios in order to verify that we are ready to act quickly, "said Mr Kucinskis. The Prime Minister also reiterated the Latvian commitment to increase the defense budget to 2% of GDP by 2018.

During the better focus on EU-NATO cooperation. M. Kučinskis noted that European security is the basis for the transatlantic relationship. There are more active coordination and synergy between the EU and NATO. It is essential that the EU's security and defense capabilities complement, not duplicate NATO capabilities.

With regard to the role of NATO, the Prime Minister pointed out that Latvia supports NATO's efforts in strengthening security alliance in the south and stability of NATO in neighboring regions. Latvia is not only a consumer of security but also to contribute to the fight against terrorism and the stabilization of the - Latvian soldiers participating in the "Resolute Support" mission in Afghanistan and the international coalition in the fight against ISIL / Da'esh. It is also provided financial support to the Afghan National Security Forces, as well as Iraq and Syria.


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