President Levits: Latvia should have permanent NATO presence

Latvian President Egils Levits spoke to CNN on March 13 stating that Latvia requires a permanent NATO base to protect the country against potential Russian aggression.

"NATO should strengthen the NATO Eastern flank, that is, Baltics, Poland, Romania, so that this would be a strong signal to Moscow that NATO is ready to defend the Member states. I welcome also the American troops in the Baltics and Poland, and we need a permanent presence of American troops in this area."

He said that defending Latvian democracy and the eastern flank is "is a question of confidence for the West, it is an exam for the West, for the American leadership, and I am sure that America and the West as a whole will pass this exam."

Asked what he thought about Putin's person, Levits said "autocratic states depend on the psychological conditions of their leaders, [..]" and that the war in Ukraine shows the weakness of authoritarian systems.

The full interview with Levits is available on CNN.


Seen a mistake?

Select text and press Ctrl+Enter to send a suggested correction to the editor

Select text and press Report a mistake to send a suggested correction to the editor

Most important

Please be aware that the LSM portal uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you agree that we may store and use cookies on your device. Find out more

Accept and continue