Terror threat level is low says report

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The Baltic states and Poland currently have lowest threat levels as far as terrorist attacks are concerned, outgoing Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said after the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday which approved a report on national security.

"It is no secret that the Baltic states and Poland currently are among the countries with the lowest threat levels which is good, of course,” she said.

At the same time, "the situation with refugees in many European countries and the terrorist threats are the factors that make us to show extreme caution,” Straujuma said, a day after announcing her resignation.

The Latvian government on Tuesday approved the prime minister’s report to the parliament about national security. The report says that "complicated international policy developments have put national security in the foreground”.

"We can’t ignore the international context and developments near our borders, in the EU and the whole world when thinking about prosperity, security and development of our country,” the report says, pointing out that the overall security situation in Latvia is influenced in particular by military conflicts near the EU external borders.

Considering the foreign policy developments and challenges created by the international security situation, Latvia’s internal and external security has become one of the government’s priorities in 2016 therefore the capacity of the National Armed Forces and the law enforcement agencies, as well as the public trust in their country and its policies should be strengthened, the report says.

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