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Canada to Lead NATO Battlegroup in Latvia

© REUTERS / Ints KalninsPolish army soldiers take part in the "Saber Strike" NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 13, 2016.
Polish army soldiers take part in the Saber Strike NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 13, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Canada will lead a NATO battlegroup in Latvia during the largest sustained military presence in NATO territory since the early 1990s.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Canada has signed a technical agreement to become part of the NATO enhanced forward presence and lead a battlegroup in Latvia, the Canadian Armed Forces said in a press release on Tuesday.

"Canada will lead a robust multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia, becoming one of four Framework Nations, as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Central and Eastern Europe," the release stated.

The release noted that the technical arrangement outlines the rules, conditions, establishment and operation of the eFP battlegroup.

It will be the largest sustained military presence in NATO territory since the early 1990s, the release added.

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