Latvian Border Guard plans to send crew to Greece to assist in migrant crisis

  • 2020-03-06
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Continuing participation in the mission of Frontex, the European Union (EU) Border Guard Agency,  the Latvian Border Guard plans to send a crew to Greece to assist in the migrant crisis, said Border Guard chief Guntis Pujats in an interview with the Latvian public radio today.

He said that Latvia's participation in Frontex mission in Greece has already been significant. "Latvia is among the first countries by the number of troops in protection of the EU external border," he said.

He informed that so far there are 25 Latvian border guards, two police officers, one Border Guard boat and speedboat, as well as two teams of dog handlers are serving on the Greece border.

"Professionalism of Latvian border guards has been highly evaluated in Frontex. I also have heard good opinions about our pilots," he said, adding that the Border Guard plans to send one of its helicopters to Greece when repairs of the helicopter engine are completed.

In addition to the existing Latvian contingent to Frontex, Latvia is ready to support Greece by sending an additional mobile video surveillance unit and crew to strengthen border protection.

Latvia also has been asked to provide two experts and one coordination experts on the mission. "It is an honor because there are in total eight such coordination experts on the mission," said Pujats.