Highlights / Latvia

Health, International

Canadian military plane turns back over COVID concern

It’s now become known that a Canadian Armed Forces passenger jet with troops headed to the NATO mission in Latvia was tuned around mid-flight last week. The CC-150 Polaris was carrying some 70 soldiers and crew when it was discovered »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canadian NATO soldiers in Latvia targeted by disinformation campaign

The NATO battle group in Latvia currently led by Canadians, has apparently been the victim of a disinformation campaign over COVID-19. Last month some media outlets in the Baltic and Eastern Europe suggested that the military encampment located outside Riga »

International, Politics

Canada extends and boosts its contribution to NATO mission in Latvia

Canada is extending its NATO commitment in Latvia by another four years to March 2023 and will boost the number of troops in the country to 540 from the current 455, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday at the conclusion »

International, Politics

Trudeau to visit Latvia ahead of NATO summit

On his way to attend the NATO Summit in Belgium, Justin Trudeau will visit Latvia where Canada is leading one of the alliance’s four battle groups stationed the Baltics and Poland, the Prime Minister’s office announced Tuesday. During his two-day »

International, Politics

Canadian soldiers in Latvia strive to win hearts minds and integrate multinational force

As the Canadian military marks the one year anniversary of assuming command of a multinational force in Latvia designed to reassure the tiny Baltic country facing a newly assertive Russia, Canadian soldiers say they have learned important lessons in building »

Highlights, International, Politics, Society

NATO and Russia: Canadian troops have challenges to overcome in Latvia

Canada is about to send some 450 troops to Latvia to lead an international battle-group of about 1,500. The force is to act as a deterrent to any potential Russian military action there. This will start in June.and will be »

Economy, International, Politics

Latvia becomes first EU country to ratify free trade deal with Canada

The Latvian parliament, the Saeima, ratified the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada today, making the tiny Baltic country the first among 28 European Union member states to formally endorse the free trade deal. The vote in the Latvian »

International, Politics, Society

Trudeau pledges troops, frigate, fighter jets to deter Russia

Canada is deploying “its largest military contingent to Europe in more than a decade,” as NATO tries to reassure nervous Eastern European countries spooked by the increasingly assertive Russia. Canada will lead a 1000-strong multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia, becoming »

International, Politics, Society

Canada’s Baltic conundrum – Part 2

It was, perhaps, Canada’s worst-kept military secret. And so it is probably fitting that after months of build-up and speculation, the government announcement that Canada is sending a battalion-size force to be stationed in Latvia was pre-empted by news reports. »