Latvian Defense Minister Expects NATO Troops to Revive Country's Economy

© Flickr / The US ArmyParatroopers of 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade depart Lielvarde Airbase, Latvia, Sept. 8, 2014, at the conclusion of NATO Exercise Steadfast Javelin II
Paratroopers of 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade depart Lielvarde Airbase, Latvia, Sept. 8, 2014, at the conclusion of NATO Exercise Steadfast Javelin II - Sputnik International
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Latvian Foreign Minister Raimonds Bergmanis claimed on Thursday that NATO servicemen from Canada that will be stationed in the country this year will revive the state economy.

RIGA (Sputnik) — NATO troops are expected to stimulate Riga's economy by spending their income on various activities and expenses associated with living in their host country, according to Bergmanis.

"These are wealthy people with good salaries, and they will not spend all their time on the base. They will do sports, take tours… Almost all the senior officers are moving with their families, their children will attend schools here… Their presence will revive the economy," Bergmanis said.

US troops land with parachutes at the military compound near Torun, central Poland, on June 7, 2016, as part of the NATO Anaconda-16 military exercise. - Sputnik International
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Bergmanis urged Latvian entrepreneurs to be actively engaged in creating a system of service for the foreign soldiers, who require at the same services as those provided to local residents.

The NATO Summit in Warsaw of July 2016 resulted in the decision to place international military battalions in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland the eastern alliance members. The battalions are, at the moment, formed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the United States. Canada has agreed to lead NATO’s military buildup in Latvia, stationing 1,000 servicemen.

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