NATO's multinational battlegroup begins operating in Latvia

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 21.6.2017 13:00

On 19 June, NATO launched a multinational battlegroup in Latvia, which, like other NATO multinational battlegroups in Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, aims to strengthen NATO's eastern border in case of possible Russian aggression towards NATO member states. The battlegroup in Latvia is led by Canada.

The commitment to creating multinational battlegroups has been expressed at NATO's Warsaw Summit in July 2016, when it was agreed to strengthen the deterrence and defense framework in Central and Eastern Europe. NATO's multinational battlegroups have a defensive character, serving to prevent conflicts and protect regional stability. The need to strengthen the eastern wing of the Alliance has emerged after Russian actions in Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine, when Central and Eastern European countries began to call for an increased presence of NATO in the region. Currently, four multinational battlegroups in the Baltics and Poland are operational due to Russia's increased activity at the eastern border, exhibited by military exercises or transfer of the mobile missile system Iskander to Kaliningrad.

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