The German Armed Forces in April will again deploy the Deployable Control and Reporting Center (DCRC) in Latvia, said German Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen.
She said that Germany and Latvia for the past 20 years have had successful cooperation, and in the past years it has become even closer. The German and Latvian troops have taken part in joint exercises, and one of the cooperation examples is when the German Air Force deployed the DCRC in Latvia in 2016.
She said that it is important for Germany again to demonstrate their solidarity with friends.
The minister also thanked Latvian troops who earlier prevented an attack on Germany’s diplomatic representation in Afghanistan.
Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis thanked to Germany for its contribution in strengthening security of the Baltic States.
The German Defence minister visited Latvia to discuss bilateral defense cooperation, current regional security challenges, as well as the implementation of decisions taken during NATO Warsaw Summit.
After annexation of Crimea in the spring of 2014 and Russia’s aggression in the East of Ukraine, NATO, including Germany, has been actively involved in strengthening military presence and enhancing security in Latvia.
In July, last year, within the framework of the initiative “Persistent Presence”, the German Armed Forces deployed a DCDR to Lielvārde Air Force Base in Latvia.