Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated Monday his nation will “greater than double” its navy presence in Latvia, a Baltic state neighboring Russia, as leaders gear up for an important NATO summit.
Canada is presently main the NATO Ahead Presence Battle Group in Latvia, which is now to be expanded to a brigade stage.
“We’re going to greater than double our presence, deploying as much as a further 1,200 members of the Canadian Armed Forces to serve and defend democracy and the rule of regulation,” Trudeau instructed reporters on the Adazi navy base in Latvia.
Trudeau said the extra troops “will reinforce and improve our land, maritime and air capabilities and assist particular operations in Central and Jap Europe.”
He added the reinforcement will likely be part of a “$2.6 billion funding… which additionally consists of the acquisition of vital weapon programs and assist for intelligence and cyber actions.”
“This is only one extra method that Canada is stepping as much as assist our allies and standing up in opposition to the Kremlin’s aggression,” Trudeau stated.
On the press convention, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins introduced the nation’s navy spending will attain three p.c of gross home product subsequent yr, as a substitute of in 2027 as initially deliberate.
Trudeau additionally stated Canada was against utilizing cluster munitions that the USA pledged to ship to Ukraine.
“Canada was one of many nations that led on the banning of cluster munitions and we proceed to be very agency that they need to by no means be used,” he stated.
Latvia was Trudeau’s final cease earlier than Vilnius in neighboring Lithuania the place NATO leaders are resulting from meet for a summit on Tuesday and Wednesday.