As have informed Agency LETA in the presidential office, Vejonis welcomed allies from Canada, Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain, members of the multinational battle group NATO.

Since joining NATO in 2004, Latvia has developed its defenses, however, the situation in the world in recent years has become unstable, and formal membership in NATO is not enough. "So the Alliance decided to increase the abilities of self-defense of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, expanding its presence not only in the training mission, but also active measures of deterrence," stressed the President.

Latvia will continue to strengthen its military capacity, fulfilling their obligations of a member of NATO, and in January 2018 its defence budget to reach 2% of GDP, assured the head of state.