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Canada Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit

04:31  04 july  2018
04:31  04 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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  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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week.

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week. © Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week.

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.

Canada's leadership of the battle group represents Canada's largest sustained military presence in Europe in over a decade.

Trudeau, who will meet in Riga with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and President Raimonds Vejonis, will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada's chief of the defence staff.

The visit will mark the first-ever bilateral visit to Latvia by a Canadian prime minister.

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