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U.S. Pledges Increased Military Support to Latvia

HeadlineAug 11, 2022

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Latvia Wednesday, where he pledged more U.S. military support to the former Soviet republic and NATO member. After meeting Austin, Latvia’s minister of defense said his country is a “litmus test” for Russia’s imperial ambitions beyond Ukraine. He said Latvia wants more military training from the United States — and more heavy weaponry.

Artis Pabriks: “Our priorities is very clear. It’s rocket artillery. We can see it used very well in defending Ukrainian sovereignty and freedom. It is air defense and, of course, coastal defense, because we have a quite a long coastal territory. So that these are our priorities, and we are looking forward for cooperation with the United States.”

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