RIGA - Development of the Latvian Air Forces has to be accelerated, Latvia's Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins, believes.
On Tuesday, Defense Minister Inara Murniece (National Alliance) and Kalnins met with the US Air Force Chief of Staff, General Charles Q. Brown to discuss Latvian-US bilateral defense cooperation, as well as the geopolitical situation in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine.
"To be able to defend our people when necessary, Latvia is actively developing the military capabilities of its National Armed Forces (NAF), with aviation being one of their most essential components. We therefore highly value the presence of US troops and Air Force equipment in Latvia, as well as the investments made by the allies in the development of Latvia's Air Forces and the training of pilots," said Murniece.
"If we want to develop air-land integration, the development of the Latvian Air Forces has to be accelerated. The best way to do is with the support of Latvia's key ally - not only by taking over experience but also by training our personnel at US training centers and receiving support in building infrastructure. I have already met with General Brown, and his visit is a continuation and additional opportunity to discuss our future cooperation projects," said Kalnins.
During the meeting, the officials discussed the hosting of US soldiers in Latvia, as well as the provision of support to Ukraine.