Latvia goes all-in on Stingers for Ukraine

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Latvia has responded to Ukraine's request for anti-aircraft missiles and has made a decision to donate all the remaining Stinger systems the Latvian army has, said Latvian Defense Minister Ināra Mūrniece (National Alliance) at the Ukraine defense contact group meeting in Ramstein, Germany on April 21.

During the meeting, the defense ministers voiced readiness to continue to provide the support necessary for Ukraine.

"Latvia has responded Ukraine's request to deliver anti-aircraft missiles, and has made a decision donate all remaining Stinger systems. We will do everything possible to deliver them as soon as we can," said Mūrniece.

In addition, Latvia continues to implement a large scale program training Ukrainian troops.

"Our goal was to double the number of Ukrainian troops we train compared to 2022. Today we see that we will manage to train even more different-level troops. I am sure that by the end of this year Latvia will have trained almost 3,000 Ukrainian troops," she said.

At the same time, Mūrniece noted that Latvia together with other allies is working on a new initiative in training Ukrainian troops in Latvia.

"It is crucial that the whole democratic world does not allow a situation that the society has tired from this war because this is exactly what Russia hopes for," she said.

Ukrainian defense contact group meeting joins more than 50 countries in the world, supporting the defense of Ukraine by sending military equipment, in response to the 2022 Russian invasion.   

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