North Macedonia to join NATO forces in Latvia

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North Macedonia will join NATO's enhanced forward presence battlegroup in Latvia, the Ministry of Defense said on July 4.

The group will currently be joined by nine troops from the armed forces of North Macedonia, who will form part of Slovenia's defense group against weapons of mass destruction.

On Tuesday, July 5, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks and Commander General of the National Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš, will take part in the meeting ceremony of the contingent of the armed forces of North Macedonia at the Ādaži base.

"The decision of Northern Macedonia to join NATO's multinational battlegroup in Latvia continues to demonstrate NATO solidarity, which is particularly important in the current geopolitical situation. By sending its soldiers to Latvia, North Macedonia will boost Latvia's defense capabilities by strengthening the security of our country and citizens," aid Pabriks.

With the accession of North Macedonia, NATO's enhanced forward presence in Latvia will comprise more than 1700 troops from 11 countries – Albania, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Iceland, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, and Canada, the leading country for the NATO battle group deployed in Latvia.

Allied soldiers participate in joint military exercises with the National Armed Forces.

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