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Recruitment in National Guard needs targeted campaigns: Commander
Recruitment in National Guard needs targeted campaigns: Commander
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.
Daugavpils checks its bomb shelter situation
Daugavpils checks its bomb shelter situation
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.
Latvia plans to extend Russian travel restrictions
Latvia plans to extend Russian travel restrictions
The government could extend the deadline for restrictions on Russian citizens' entry into Latvia until spring next year, given that the security threat posed by Russia continues, according the draft order prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, newswire LETA reported February 18.
Latvian soldier in Ukraine: 'The front lacks everything'
Latvian soldier in Ukraine: 'The front lacks everything'
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 urged to be cautious traveling outside EU, NATO member states
Public urged to be cautious traveling outside EU, NATO member states
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is warning that not only people mentioned on Russia's reported 'wanted list' but by anyone from Latvia considering going outside EU and NATO member states to third countries should consider their situation carefully.
Latvia-Belarus border point Silene to remain closed
Latvia-Belarus border point Silene to remain closed
Taking into account the need to prevent possible threats to Latvia's internal security, on Tuesday, February 6, the government decided not to reinstate the operation of the Silene border post on the Latvian-Belarusian border.
Latvia ranked highly for cyber security
Latvia ranked highly for cyber security
Latvia is included in the top five countries worldwide for cyber security according to rankings produced by the National Cyber Security Index in Estonia.
Latvia's NATO ambassador: 1% war chance is enough to be prepared
Latvia's NATO ambassador: 1% war chance is enough to be prepared
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.
Baltic states agree to create joint 'Defense Line'
Baltic states agree to create joint 'Defense Line'
At a meeting of the of Defense Ministers of the Baltic States in Rīga January 19, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia signed an agreement on the establishment of a joint 'Baltic Defense Line' to strengthen the eastern borders of their countries, of the European Union and of NATO.
'Furious Wolf' exercises on the prowl in Latvia
'Furious Wolf' exercises on the prowl in Latvia
From January 15 to 19, the "Furious Wolf 24" military exercises organized by the Air Support Controllers of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Ground Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group in Latvia will take place in Ādaži and Sigulda districts.
Latvian Defense Minister skeptical of 'EU army' idea
Latvian Defense Minister skeptical of 'EU army' idea
Discussions on a joint European Union (EU) army may take place, but Latvia's position is that NATO is irreplaceable, Defense Minister Andris Sprūds (Progressives) said in the Latvian Television's Morning Panorama newscast on January 12.

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