After Russia's full-scale war in Ukraine, interest in joining the Latvian National Guard increased rapidly. It has now settled, and there must be targeted campaigns in recruiting new soldiers and national guards, Kaspars Pudāns, commander of the National Guard, said in an interview on the Latvian Television morning news program on February 20.
The municipality of Daugavpils has identified more than 700 sites that could be adapted as safe shelter rooms in case of military threat. The adapting would start no earlier than next year and would also take time. If the crisis happened now, the municipality says, it would rely on guidance from the National Armed Forces, as reported by LRT+ on Monday.
In Ukraine, the full-scale war has been going on for nearly two years. The front “lacks wildly” everything necessary, Latvian volunteer soldier under the nickname Ghost (Spoks), who has spent a year and a half defending Ukraine, said in an interview with Latvian Television's “Today Question” on February 16.
Public opinion is often heard that war with Russia is imminent in the future, but NATO's policy of deterrence is aimed directly at preventing a potential war. Even a 1% possibility of war is enough to prepare for its prevention, Latvian Ambassador to NATO Māris Riekstiņš said in an interview with Latvian Television on January 22.