In this regard, an FTA with all participating in the battalion countries spoke about the need to be ready for provocations and the responses to them must be calm. This issue was also discussed by the soldiers.
Kalnins noted that the contact members of the platoon with local residents will be extensive, because they need to go beyond database to study successfully to defend the country. The commander of the NAF noted that the last major military exercise incidents were relatively few, and the army has agreed with the residents about compensation.
Kalnins reminded that the battalion under the leadership of Canada will stay in Latvia at least three years, and its population will not significantly change. Most of the time soldiers will be devoted to field training and on the ground in Adazi, and other regions of Latvia.
Currently, the infrastructure for hosting NATO allies are not yet fully ready, but the plan is running ahead of schedule, so at the end of August, all soldiers will sleep in the barracks and will be provided with all necessary infrastructure for equipment and training. Currently, the barracks is home to more than 50% located in Latvia NATO soldiers.
Speaking about Russia's reaction to the deployment of NATO forces, Kalnins said that she is not very happy, but in Latvia only posted a small unit of the Alliance, "our activity is absolutely transparent and focused only on defense." In this regard, according to Kalnins, the Latvian army without too much concern and drama are upcoming exercises in Russia and Belarus "West".
As reported, on Monday, June 19, at the ādaži military base held a solemn meeting of the multinational NATO battalion, which will be attended by the President Raimonds Vejonis, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Minister of defence Raimonds Bergmanis, the Minister of defense of Canada harjit Sajjan and other officials.