28 Feb '16, 4pm

Latvia wants greater NATO presence to offset Russia

Latvia wants greater NATO presence to offset Russia

U.S. Marines and service members from Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the U.K., the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, who comprise the BALTOPS 2015 Combined Landing Force and Combined Amphibious Task Force, conduct an amphibious landing on June 17, 2015, in Ustka, Poland. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. (Photo: 1st Lt. Sarah E. Burns/Marine Corps) WASHINGTON — Latvia wants NATO to increase its security along Europe’s eastern front to counter what it sees as a growing Russian menace, the Baltic country’s foreign minister said. Alarmed by a rising tempo and intensity of Russian exercises, deployments and rhetoric just over the border, the small former Soviet republic is taking steps to harden its defenses, but NATO help is re...

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