Latvia will send more Stingers to Ukraine: Defense Minister

Latvia will send additional Stinger antiaircraft missiles, helicopters, machine guns, munitions, and unmanned aircraft to Ukraine, newswire LETA reported on January 18.

Defense Minister Ināra Murniece (NA) visited Ukraine this week on a work visit, where she met Ukraine's defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov. During the meeting, ministers discussed in detail the effectiveness of the aid already provided by Latvia and the planned supply of military aid to Ukraine in the near future, the Defense Ministry's Press Service told LETA.

“During the talks with Ukraine's defense minister, I confirmed the unwavering support of the Latvian government and the people to Ukraine in this terrible war. In the near future, we will send new military support shipments to Ukraine - Stinger anti-air defense missiles, helicopters, ammunition, machine guns, and unmanned aircraft. Also this year, Latvia will continue to train troops from various levels of the Ukrainian armed forces. The plan is to increase training and train at least twice as many Ukrainians as we did in 2022,” said Mūrniece after the meeting.

“We - Latvia – are not only listening to what the President of Ukraine, the Minister for Defense, and the Armed Forces say. We hear what Ukraine is asking to be able to confront and defeat the aggressor. We are taking action,” the Minister for Defense of Latvia said.

To agree on the future help of allies to Ukraine, the defense minister will attend a meeting of Ukraine's Defense Contact Group on Friday, January 20, in Ramstein, Germany.

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