Canada Canada extending mission in Latvia

14:51  10 july  2018
14:51  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Trudeau expected to extend mission in Latvia

  Trudeau expected to extend mission in Latvia Trudeau expected to extend mission in LatviaTrudeau arrived in Latvia late Monday, one day before he'll visit the approximately 450 Canadian troops leading the multinational force that was first announced in 2016 as a check against Russian aggression in eastern Europe.

The Liberal government plans to extend its NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years, CBC News has learned. Justin Massie, a professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, said extending Canada 's mission is a gesture that likely will be be lost on Trump.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to commit Canada to spend several more years leading a NATO battle group in Latvia -- news that will come on the eve of the alliance's annual leaders' summit in Brussels and a likely showdown with U.S. President Donald Trump over military spending.

a group of people posing for the camera © Provided by thecanadianpress.com RIGA, Latvia - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that 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 in a show of ongoing solidarity with the alliance.

Trudeau made the announcement in Riga following a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and indicated that he hopes the increased Canadian commitment to Latvia gets the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Canada is part of a NATO battle group in Latvia, which was established as the alliance's response to Russia's surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.

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  Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Latvia before heading to the NATO summit in Brussels next week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO The Prime Minister's Office says the visit will be an opportunity for Trudeau to reaffirm Canada's commitment to the NATO alliance and Euro-Atlantic security. The Canadian-led multinational NATO battle group was established in Latvia as the alliance's response to Russia's surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to extend Canada ’s NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years. Canada 's 450 troops form the nucleus of a

The Liberal government plans to extend its NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years, CBC News has learned. Canada 's mission leadership role faces a self-imposed government deadline of spring 2019. Trudeau's statement on Canada 's "key contribution" will be delivered just.

"We certainly hope that the message is passed clearly to President Putin that his actions in destabilizing and disregarding the international rules-based order that has been successfully underpinned by NATO amongst others over the past 75 years or so is extremely important," said Trudeau.

"We certainly hope that Russia will choose to become a more positive actor in world affairs than it has chosen to be in the past."

The Canadian-led group is one of four in the region, and includes troops from seven NATO allies. Germany leads a similar force in Lithuania, Britain leads one in Estonia and the U.S. leads in Poland.

Before leaving Canada on Monday, Trudeau spoke to NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg by telephone to stress the "importance of the alliance's unity and solidarity on defence and security issues."

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  Trudeau set to extend Canada's leadership role in NATO's Latvia mission The Liberal government plans to extend its NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years, CBC News has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will  "deliver a strong message" of solidarity during his bilateral visit to the Baltic state, said several sources from Defence, Foreign Affairs and other government departments. Canada's mission leadership role faces a self-imposed government deadline of spring 2019. It is now expected to continue for at least another three years. Announcing the extension might serve the Liberals well in the current political climate.

Trudeau is expected to announce an extension of Canada 's leadership role in the NATO mission in Latvia . (Adrian Wyld/ Canadian Press). The Liberal government plans to extend its NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years, CBC News has learned.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to commit Canada to spend several more years leading a NATO battle group in Latvia — news that will come during the alliance's summit in Brussels, where leaders will be braced for a showdown with U.S. President Donald Trump over military spending.

Trudeau's announcement comes a day ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels, where the stage is set for another confrontation between world leaders and Donald Trump, as Canada and other NATO allies prepare to counter the U.S. president's complaint that they aren't carrying their fair share of the burden of being part of the military alliance.

Trudeau also met in Riga Tuesday with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.

He also laid flowers at the monument of freedom and took part in a number of activities at a military base in Adazi. Trudeau also attended a candlelight vigil at a Latvian memorial to fallen soldiers, a vehicle display by multinational troops and spoke to Canadian military personnel.

Trudeau's visit to Latvia comes as the stage is set for another confrontation between world leaders and Donald Trump, with Canada and other NATO allies preparing to counter the U.S. president's persistent complaint that they aren't carrying their fair share of the burden of being part of the 69-year-old military alliance.

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Trudeau Set To Renew Canada 's Mission In Latvia Ahead Of Trump Showdown. But critics have noted that even with the increase, Canadian defence spending will top out at 1.4 per cent of GDP, and it's unclear to what degree extending an existing mission will satisfy Trump's demands for Canada

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to commit Canada to spend several more years leading a NATO battle group in Latvia — news that will come during the alliance's summit in Brussels, where leaders will be braced for a showdown with U.S. President Donald Trump over military spending.

Trump's ongoing efforts to portray Canada and other member states as pinching pennies when it comes to the military spending target of two per cent of GDP — a benchmark agreed to by allies at the 2014 summit in Wales.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the alliance entirely if other member nations don't pony up.

The president acknowledged Monday on Twitter that other member states have increased their defence spending, but repeated his complaint that the U.S. contributes far more than other countries, which he said "is not fair nor is it acceptable."

If the U.S. were to leave NATO, it would have a "huge and highly negative" affect on Canada, said David Perry, a senior defence analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

"If you take his rhetoric at full value ... it would actually start to undermine the solidarity alliance, it would be hugely consequential for Canada because NATO has been so important to it."

Having a forum in which Canada can engage in discussions about key security issues with the U.S. as part of a larger alliance of nations also offers Canada some counterweight that doesn't exist in North America alone, where the United States is the "800-pound gorilla," Perry added.

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Share this story. Trudeau to extend Canada 's commitment to Latvia battle group during NATO summit. And while Canada ’s role in the Latvian mission is positive, it is a relatively small one compared to ongoing NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo — two operations that are

with the increase, Canadian defence spending will top out at 1.4 per cent of GDP, and it's unclear to what degree extending an existing mission will satisfy Any extension in Latvia will nonetheless be welcomed by the country's government, which has turned to Canada and NATO for support and

But given that Trump has followed through on other threats — including tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and the European Union, as well as a full-blown trade war with China — Perry said allies ought to be concerned about the possibility that Trump isn't bluffing.

"He does seem to have a habit of doing what he says he's going to do."

Concerns about U.S. disengagement have also deepened given that Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin just days after the summit.

Some see the controversial meeting as an undermining of the alliance itself, considering some of NATO's active military missions — including the one in Latvia — were undertaken in direct response to Russia's escalating aggression in the Baltic region.

"The Trump-Putin summit could potentially aggravate U.S. allies who want to isolate Putin," said Jayson Derow, a research analyst at the NATO Association of Canada.

"However, while U.S. President Donald Trump's rhetoric has surely shaken the confidence of U.S. allies and NATO members across the Atlantic, the alliance is still standing and the Trump administration has taken tangible steps to bolster the alliance and European security, while countering Moscow with the sales of military hardware and its own deployments in eastern Europe."

Trudeau gearing up for NATO summit .
Trudeau gearing up for NATO summitOTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders are gearing up for what already promises to be a lively debate on defence spending at the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels next week.

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