ZAPAD risk is "low" say Kucinskis, Stoltenberg

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis met with NATO General secretary Jens Stoltenberg on June 19, in Riga, receiving a briefing on the launch of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) and the forthcoming Zapad exercises due to take place in Russia and Belarus, and which have set some security analysts and military personnel speculating about possible incursions. 

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Canadian media reports on Latvia deployment

With the arrival of the first main contingent of Canadian troops in Latvia as part of the NATO enhanced forward presence (eFP), Canadian media has been reporting extensively on the mission.

US forces show off beach bodies in Latvia

Surf was up near Ventspils June 6 with US forces putting on a show of their capabilities that included the USS Arlington, a B-52 bomber, hovercraft and amphibious landing vehicles.

Saber Strike about to be unsheathed in Latvia

Members of the public are being warned not be disturbed by the sight of troop and military equipment movements over the next two weeks as the US-led 'Saber Strike 2017' military exercises begin in earnest.

Composition of NATO battlegroup in Latvia laid out

The total number and composition of the NATO battalion under Canadian command that will be on duty in Latvia from June has been specified by Latvia's National Armed Forces information portal www.sargs.lv.

NATO troops sent to Latvia will live in tents for months

Part of the Canada-led multinational NATO battalion arriving to bolster Latvia's defense will have to live in tents until the fall, as reconstruction of barracks at the Adazi military base will not be completed for several months, the LETA newswire reported May 17.

Latvia and US sign military procurement agreement

One day after Latvia's Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis met United States Defense Secretary James Mattis in Vilnius, Latvia's Defense Ministry said a military procurement agreement between the two countries had been signed.

Canadian hardware arrives in Latvia

Military equipment from NATO ally Canada was unloaded in Riga May 6 in advance of the full deployment of a multinational NATO battalion to reinforce the region.

Watch info war live!

NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) is hosting a seminar about Russian info war and hybrid war on April 27. You can watch it livestreamed below.

Fake news abounds

Latvia's Defense Ministry on April 25 warned about a variety of 'fake news' stories circulating in Russian-language media concerning the 'Summer Shield' military exercises currently drawing towards a close in Latvia.

Border Watch: Russian subs in the area

Latvia's National Armed Forces (NBS) April 17 continued their updates on the Russian military presence near national borders with information about submarine activity.

€8.9m needed for Canada-led NATO reinforcement

Latvia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) is to request an additional €8.9 million from the state budget in order to provide suitable facilities for the Canadian-led NATO International Battalion arriving to bolster the country's security, the LETA newswire reported April 16.

1,200 troops to form «Summer Shield»

Over 1,200 troops are expected to take part in the Summer Shield XVI multinational military training exercise, which from April 17 to 30 will be held in Adazi Training Area and adjacent territories, the Latvian Defense Ministry said April 13.