Mark Collins – 455 Canadian Troops to Latvia with NATO Spring 2017–Italians Too?

Further to this July post,

NATO in Latvia: 450 Canadian Army Troops, HQ, Six CF-18s (sometimes)

we see some good digging in the Latvian media early Sept. 16 by milnews.ca at Milnet.ca (our media noticed sometime later):

A couple of updates courtesy of Latvian public media …
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The Canadian-led multinational battalion in Latvia will receive 455 Canadian troops who’ll start arriving around spring 2017, Canada’s Chief of Defense General Jonathan Vance told the press Thursday [Sept. 15].

Other countries forming the battalion will be able to decide on the number of troops to be sent to Latvia.

“We do not have any set numbers of troops for each country. I can tell that there will be about 1,000 troops in total,” said Vance.

He said it’s still being discussed which countries will form the battle group and confirmed the estimated time of arrivals.

(…)

As previously reported, Canada will lead a NATO reinforcement battalion in Latvia next year but other nations, possibly including Italy, are also expected to contribute smaller numbers of troops.

(source)
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During a meeting September 14 with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis expressed hope that Italy will join the Canadian-led multinational NATO battalion which will be deployed to Latvia, reported LETA.

During the meeting, which took place at a conference in Bulgaria, the two sides praised their cooperation on security matters, which is important in implementing the decisions made during the recent NATO Summit in Warsaw.

”We are happy at the decision made during the NATO Summit in Warsaw on strengthening the alliance’s presence in the Baltic region and Poland, which foresees the deployment of a Canadian-led multinational battalion in Latvia,” Vejonis said.

(…)

As previously reported, Canada will lead a NATO reinforcement battalion in Latvia next year but other nations, possibly including Italy, are also expected to contribute smaller numbers of troops.

Italian military officers have already inspected facilities in Latvia.

(source)

Very relevant to the Canadian Forces’ foreign deployments:

Latvia with NATO vs UN Peacekeeping: Where Government’s Heart Truly is

Yes, Canadian Forces into Africa: Where, When, How Many? Really Peacekeeping?

“The end of peacekeeping, and what comes next for Canada’s soldiers”

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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6 thoughts on “Mark Collins – 455 Canadian Troops to Latvia with NATO Spring 2017–Italians Too?”

  1. A friend familiar with Russian strategic thinking responds to their missile deployment at Kaliningrad:

    “As Russia sees its strategic doctrine, deployment of significant weapons systems is one step on their escalation dominance theory which at some future point involves precision strikes with nuclear weapons as a last warning. The first step is probably high-performing SAMs which I believe are already in Kaliningrad, then local aerial/naval activity, some of it aggressive, then…these missiles.

    It might be that this deployment is in response to the announced NATO Baltic deployments.

    A key question is whether their signal is being read by people who have studied their new doctrine.”

    No kidding. Very relevant:

    ‘NORAD and Russian Cruise Nukes: “de-escalation”?’
    https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/mark-collins-norad-and-russian-cruise-nukes-de-escalation/

    ‘Tough Question for NATO: “Would we really go nuclear to protect Estonia?”’
    https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/mark-collins-tough-question-for-nato-would-we-really-go-nuclear-to-protect-estonia/

    “NORAD and Russian Cruise Nukes: “de-escalation”? Part 2”
    https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/mark-collins-norad-and-russian-cruise-nukes-de-escalation-part-2/

    Mark Collins

  2. Now note this:

    ‘Russia’s top spin doctor in nuclear warning

    Critics call him the “Kremlin’s chief propagandist”. And like many other top Russian officials, he is on the Western sanctions blacklist.

    But the warning he delivered to Washington in last night’s edition of his show News of the Week was, even for him, particularly dramatic. “Impudent behaviour” towards Russia may have “nuclear” consequences, he said.

    “A Russian takes a long time to harness a horse, but then rides fast,” said the news anchor, quoting a famous Russian saying.

    By “riding fast”, Kiselyov was referring to a string of recent Russian military deployments:

    Last week, Moscow sent three warships from the Black Sea Fleet to the Mediterranean: on board, cruise missiles that can carry nuclear warheads
    Russia deployed nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles into the Kaliningrad region bordering Poland…’
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37606114

    Nuclear de-escalation anyone?

    Mark Collins

  3. But consider this from 2015:

    ‘Tough Question for NATO: “Would we really go nuclear to protect Estonia?”

    Does nobody play chess anymore?..’
    https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/mark-collins-tough-question-for-nato-would-we-really-go-nuclear-to-protect-estonia/

    And note this from RAND: NATO couldn’t defend Baltics (non-nuclear):

    Mark Collins

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