Latvian Defense Minister reminds about crisis action plan

In case the responsible services in Latvia declare evacuation due to natural disasters or other reasons, it is necessary to know the designated direction, destination, or assembly point, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said in an interview on Latvian Television March 7.

Pabriks reminded that Latvia currently has no military threats, and action in such cases is considered at a theoretical level.

The Ministry of Defence has developed recommendations for residents to act in different crises. The recommendation steps are available on our other story and the brochure is also attached to this story.

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Meanwhile, Chief Sergeant of the National Armed Forces of Latvia Edgars Joksts-Bogdanovs stressed that it was very important not to panic. "You help yourself first, and then help your colleagues who are next to you. It also means the family, or in whatever company you are, [..] You must help yourself first. You are ready, control the situation," Joksts-Bogdanovs said.

 “No special camouflage clothes or something similar should be worn if you are not in the armed forced or in other Latvian services because this may cause confusion in our services and in the opponent. No provocation is needed, [..],” the defence minister added.

There is also no need to disseminate information, such as videos or photos of the movements, locations and positions of NBS and allied forces. As citizens of Latvia have a duty to defend the independence of the state, people may be recruited into military service and there may be a need to mobilise the material-technical means necessary to protect the state.

“These can be your personal cars, agricultural engineering and things like that,” NBS colonel Didzis Nestro said.

In terms of resistance to potential invaders, the experts stressed that this should be done in an organized way. There will be state-organized armed resistance movements to be joined.

“The spontaneous behaviour of each person will not lead to anything good. This should be organized within the framework of joint defense measures,said the NBS colonel.

 

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