The joint NATO and Baltic exercises Winter Shield 2021 will start in Latvia on Monday

The annual military exercise “Winter Shield 2021”, in which the Latvian and Lithuanian Armed Forces and the NATO Battle Group in Latvia participate, will continue from November 22 to December 4, the LATA news agency reports on Saturday, referring to the Ministry of Defense.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – November 20, 2021) on Saturday. Citing the Ministry of Defense of Latvia.

The joint exercises will take place at the Ādaži landfill near Riga in order to train the units and acquire their defense capabilities, as well as to develop co-operation and cohesion for the protection of the Baltic region, the media reports.

Soldiers from the Latvian Land Forces in Latvia, the Lithuanian Armed Forces, NATO Battlegroups in Latvia and the US Armed Forces in Europe will take part in the exercise.

The international battle group in Latvia has more than 1,500 military personnel from Albania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Iceland, Canada, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, who are performing their duties in the Baltic States.

At the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, NATO decided to deploy international troops in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland at their request.

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