First U.S. reinforcements arrive in Latvia

Less than two days after U.S. President Joe Biden announced he would be sending more troops to the Baltic states, the first 40 soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the US Army arrived in Latvia February 24.

In total, more than 300 additional US soldiers are planned to be transferred to Latvia. 

"We thank the United States for its ability to respond promptly to the changing security situation by sending additional US troops to Latvia in less than two days, thus strengthening the region's defense," said Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks.

Latvia's Defense Chief, Lieutenant-General Leonīds Kalniņš, said the rapid deployment showed that NATO's Article 5 "is not empty and pointless talk, but the proactive action we see today in receiving additional allied forces in Latvia."

The Latvian National Armed Forces will provide support as the host country at the Ādaži base. During their stay in Latvia, US soldiers will take part in joint training with the National Armed Forces.

Soldiers of 173rd Airborne Brigade arrive in Latvia

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