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Spain to send additional troops, missiles to Latvia
Spain is sending a battery of surface-to-air missiles and around 100 troops to the NATO mission in Latvia, the media outlet El Pais wrote Saturday, May 28.
These troops will join the existing forces of around 500 Spanish troops in the Baltic States.
The Spanish Defense Ministry plans to deploy a battery of surface-to-air NASAMS [Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System], in Latvia, El Pais said.
“Our commitment to NATO is total. We have troops at the moment in Latvia and also in Lithuania, we have our ships in the Mediterranean,” Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said.
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks thanked Spain and Robles on Twitter about it being the first ally to respond to Latvia’s requests to beef up NATO presence in the region.