NATO should boost ground forces and expand military drills in the Baltic region to help protect it against Russian aggression, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said.
“We need more troops, more exercises, a more visible presence,” Rinkevics said Tuesday in an interview in New York on Bloomberg Television’s Surveillance. “What is really necessary is that we make clear that NATO will stay as long as necessary, will do whatever it can.”
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have heightened tensions in the Baltic region, home to large Russia-speaking minorities. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has bolstered its presence to counter increased Russian military activity over the Baltic Sea. The alliance is also creating command units across eastern Europe to deter incursions. Russia says it has no intention of attacking the Baltic nations.