Latvia is considering the possibility of participating in the UN peace keeping operations but it does not plan to send Latvian soldiers to any specific UN operation in the nearest future because the NATO and EU operations are its priorities.
Under the guidelines for participation of the Latvian National Armed Forces in the international operations and military formations in 2013-16, the Latvian soldiers have to participate in international operations to strengthen overall security and to improve their combat readiness.
Considering that Latvia’s security is based on the NATO collective security system, participation in the NATO-led operations is its priority, and joining the EU-led operations is the second priority.
With the reduction of the international military involvement in Afghanistan that has enabled Latvia to plan gradual reduction of its contribution to this operation, the country expects to take more active part in the joint NATO and EU exercises.
As the NATO-led operation of Afghanistan has entered its final stages and the number of the Latvian soldiers participating in this operation has been reduced to slightly more than 30, the Latvian soldiers started participating in the EU training mission in Mali in 2013 and in the EU military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2014.