Mūrniece: Latvia has sent 1% of GDP in military aid to Ukraine

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Latvian military aid to Ukraine has reached 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) or approximately 370 million euros, Defense Minister Ināra Mūrniece (National Alliance) said January 23.

Speaking at a press conference to outline Latvia's defense priorities for the year, Mūrniece reaffirmed that Latvia was ready for long-term support for Ukraine until it achieves victory over the invader.

The latest package of military aid from Latvia includes "Tens of Stinger air defense systems, two Mi-17 helicopters, tens of machine guns with ammunition, tens of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as spare parts for howitzers," Mūrniece told journalists.

"It amounts to about 1% of our gross domestic product. In total, with the last shipment, this is worth 370 million euros," she said, explaining that the figure only included military assistance – humanitarian, medical, technical and other forms of help would add considerably to that total.

As reported last week by LSM, more than half of Latvia's population say they have donated to Ukraine in one way or another, and on a per capita basis, Latvia is among Ukraine's staunchest supporters.

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