The Chairman of the faction "Consent" in the Latvian Saeima (Parliament) Janis Urbanovich called the state budget 2017 frontline. He suggested that the way the country is preparing to repel an attack from the East. On Thursday, November 3, he wrote on his page on Facebook.
"Russia is not the enemy of Latvia. Enemies of Latvia — poverty, stupidity, problems with healthcare and education", — said the MP.
As reported, the Latvian edition of Sputnik, the new budget provides for an increase in defense spending to 98 million euros, representing 1.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). It is expected that by 2019, Latvia will reach the required NATO States the Alliance members on defence spending targets of 2 percent of GDP.
28 October it was reported that Russia in case of possible conflict with NATO will need 36 hours to capture Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This is the conclusion came experts associated with the U.S. Army, the RAND Corporation. In their report they wrote that in the case of the Russian military invasion of the fall of Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn will happen within an average of 60 hours. However, according to some calculations, for the conquest of the Baltic capitals may only take a day and a half.
22 Jun commander of US forces in Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges said, that the troops of the Alliance unable to defend the Baltic States in case of invasion of Russia. "Russia could conquer the Baltic States faster than we would have had time to be there to protect them," said NATO General.