The Latvian government will allocate nearly 9 million euros for deployment of NATO battalion

The Latvian government has decided to allocate preliminary financing in the amount of 8.9 million euros for the deployment of a multinational battalion of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) on the territory of the Republic.

As the Republic’s Ministry of Defense noted, they are speaking of the presence of the NATO force, led by Canada.

"The main items of expenditure are food; drinking water; the purchase of portable toilets, sinks and other equipment; as well as fuel, lubricants and military material and technical equipment,” the abstract of the draft decision says.

"These calculations are preliminary; exacts will be known after actual cooperation begins and the exact number of servicemen who will be in the territory of Latvia is known," the document continues.

Large international military exercises, named Summer Shield, began in Latvia on April 17th. They employ over 1.2 thousand soldiers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the United States, Canada, Germany and other countries. Annual maneuvers are held at the military training ground in Adazi and on adjacent territory, and will last until April 30.

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