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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez visits troops deployed in Latvia

July 8, 2021
  • The Head of the Executive Branch has verified the outstanding level of readiness of the Spanish troops deployed in the Baltic

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has visited and personally talked to the military deployed in Latvia as part of the agenda in his three-day tour of the Baltic countries.

Spain’s Prime Minister along with his Latvian counterpart, Arturs Krisjanis Karins arrived at Adazi Base, where NATO military units are stationed; they were welcomed by Colonel Gaugers, head of the Latvian Mechanized Infantry Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel Luis Galvache, head of the Spanish contingent, and by Lieutenant Colonel Enno Krichov, head of the multinational battalion deployed in Latvia.

During the visit, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to see at first hand the facilities where the Spanish military personnel live and carry out the operation, along with the rest of the eight allied nations that contribute to the NATO operation.

PM Sánchez has had a conversation with the Spanish military, the head of the Executive wanted to convey his pride for the men and women deployed in Latvia, in this way he said that “he Canadian lieutenant colonel told me that he would like to have Spanish soldiers in his unit of origin if they would allow it”. In the same way, the PM has stated that “besides the mission that you fulfill here, you do another  important work, and not only as representatives of our country, but also breaking stereotypes with the effort and sacrifice that the rest of the allied nations observe daily”.

Finally, The military contingent farewelled the Spanish Prime Minister, but not before taking a group photo with all the members of the eFP VIII mission.