Defense
Army might be fully supplied with local food this year
The defense sector is planning to reach a number of aims this year, including ensuring that the armed forces are fully supplied with food produced in Latvia, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks told Latvian Radio January 22.
NATO jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes 350 times this year
NATO air forces across Europe scrambled more than 400 times in 2020 to intercept unknown aircraft approaching Alliance airspace. Almost 90 percent of these missions - around 350 - were in response to flights by Russian military aircraft, a release from NATO headquarters said, describing the number as "a moderate increase from 2019."
NATO STRATCOMCOE director predicts 2021 trends
It's the time of year when everyone likes to predict what will happen next year and beyond, and the Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) is no exception, albeit with a more specialized twist than the usual soothsaying about who will win Eurovision and whether Barcelona or Real Madrid will top La Liga.
China's influence in the Nordic-Baltic region under examination
The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has another in its series of online discussions taking place December 9, this time focussing on "China's influence in the Nordic-Baltic region" with expert commentary from Björn Jerdén, Head of Asia Programme and Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm.
Military fly-bys to mark Independence Day cancelled
With mass public events on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Latvia's and allied armed forces had hoped to mark Independence Day on November 18 with a series of celebratory flyovers by various planes and helicopters.
Rīga Conference opens with warnings about Russia
The main public discussions of the annual Rīga Conference got under way November 13 with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg both emphasizing that Russia remains a threat.
Iceland joins NATO battlegroup in Latvia
November 3, at Ādaži base, Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks and Commander of the National Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš marked Iceland's accession to the NATO Battlegroup in Latvia.
Crisis advice booklet published in Braille
A booklet designed to tell Latvian residents what to do in case of an emergency crisis situation such as a major natural disaster or invasion has also been printed in Braille, the Ministry of Defense said October 28.
Latvia and Finland sign 6x6 military vehicle development deal
Thursday, 15 October saw Latvian Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen and the company Patria Land Oy president Jussi Järvinen signed an agreement on research and development of a common 6x6 armored car system based on Patria vehicles.
Annual military parades cancelled due to pandemic
The annual military parades planned for November 11 (Latvia's remembrance day for soldiers) and November 18 (Independence Day) have been cancelled due to the prevailing pandemic, the Ministry of Defense announced October 14.
Saeima approves Latvian troops' participation in two missions
On Thursday the Saeima adopted a decision on the participation of Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldiers in the European Union (EU) military operation in the Mediterranean region and the NATO mission in  Iraq, Saeima press service said September 17.

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