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.

 

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