: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Spain sends to NATO battalion in Latvia in 3 times more troops than planned

At the end of January, 2017, 300 Spanish soldiers to join the Canadian-led NATO battalion in Latvia as part of measures meant to deter Russia from possible aggression, Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis stated to Latvian public radio.

After successful preparatory work on military bases, especially the military base in Adazi, there to be stationed Canadian soldiers (half of the battalion), and also soldiers from Albania, Italy, Spain, Poland and Slovenia. Totally their amount would be more than a thousand troops.

“Spain has joined the battle group with a large unit – 300 troops, so the battalion will have more than 1,000 troops then – 1,100-1,200 soldiers,” said Bergmanis.

In fact the Spain’s Defense Ministry in October 2016 said about the number of 100-130 troops to be deployed in the Canadian-led NATO battalion in Latvia.

See also: Additional 300 U.S. soldiers went to Poland as a part of NATO team


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