Latvia to invest annual €50m in military infrastructure 2018-2021

From 2018 to 2021, Latvia plans on investing about €50 million annually into military infrastructure, the ministry said January 25, reports LETA. 

The bulk of the funds will go to the Ādaži military base. In 2018, 60% of investment is to go to that particular military complex.

Likewise, investment is to go to the Lielvārde air base where a new barrack is to be built this year.

Meanwhile the Home Guard will expand its bases by expanding the existing ones and buying properties. This branch of the military is to get six new bases within the next four years. 

Lūznava, in the Rēzekne municipality in Latvia's east, is also to get a new National Armed Forces base within the next five years. 

Last year €57.2 million was spent on military infrastructure in Latvia. The Defense Ministry says allies are also providing considerable investment. 

The Defense Ministry plans on recruiting an additional 710 soldiers this year. 

Latvia's defense spending grew €126.8m in 2018, reaching €576.4m or 2% of GDP. 

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