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Intense military traffic on Latvian roads through September 29

Starting September 25 through September 29 there'll be intense military motor traffic on some of Latvia's major roads, as part of the Sudraba bulta (Silver Arrow) military exercises, Sandris Gaugers, a Colonel of the National Armed Forces, told Latvian Radio.

Forces will move in the areas from Lielvārde, Līgatne and Rīga, said Gaugers.

"As we're mechanized, we're very heavy. Therefore we have to scrupulously approach everything related to Latvia's road infrastructure. Tanks can't cross all the bridges and our mechanized units are not able to cross all bridges and culverts. As such it's a rather complex process of planning and management. This is one of the things we're going to test in this exercise, hoping we won't damage any infrastructure inside the country," he said. 

Temporary traffic restrictions are expected in the central and northeastern parts of the country. 

More than 3,000 soldiers from different countries are taking part in the exercise, which aims to test the armies' movement capabilities across Latvia. 

The Silver Arrow, a joint exercise of the National Armed Forces (NAF) and allied troops, takes place in Latvia from September 23 to October 6.

Participating in the Silver Arrow are armed force units from Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia. The aim of the exercise will be to improve the planning and implementation of national defense operations.

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