NATO in Baltics: Germans test air defenses in Latvia as NATO increase in Baltics - Reuters

14:21 Sep. 6, 2016

Germans test air defenses in Latvia as NATO increase in Baltics - Reuters

A US Army troop member waves a Latvian flag from the Stryker vehicle of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, during the ''Dragoon Ride'' military exercise. March 2015 (AP Photo)

German-Latvian exercises are a part of NATO training to protect from possible Russian attack 

German and Latvian troops have begun a joint exercise in Latvia, not far from the Russian border, as part of a broad drive by NATO to shore up air defenses against a possible Russian attack.

Germany has around 80 troops and 400 tonnes of equipment, including a deployable mobile control center for this exercise, which will continue through October. Five German Eurofighter jets are also flying Baltic air patrols out of Amari, Estonia.

"Our biggest concern is the unpredictability of Russia, which has proven in Georgia and Crimea and eastern Ukraine that it is ready, for whatever reason, to take military action," Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, commander of Latvian armed forces, told Reuters.

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