Canada has decided to extend its command of the multinational NATO battalion in Latvia by another four years.
This was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while visiting Riga today.
The Canadians’ current three-year mandate will expire in spring 2019, but it will be extended by another four years, Trudeau said during a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.
Kučinskis in turn said that Canada’s decision to continue to reinforce the security in the region is a splendid gift for Latvia’s 100 year anniversary.
The approximately 450 Canadian troops in Latvia lead a multinational force that was first introduced in 2016 as a check against Russian aggression in eastern Europe.