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Latvia has been a NATO partner country since 1991. It is one of seven countries that were invited to begin accession talks to join the Alliance at the 2002 Prague Summit.
Latvia in NATO
Latvia was a founding member of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC), the first NATO forum for cooperation with partner countries.
Latvia's contribution to NATO
Latvia’s National Armed Forces have participated in all NATO-led peace operations in Balkans since 1996. Participation in such operations allow Latvia to demonstrate its willingness and abilities to give the certain input for security and stability of Europe as well as show the compliance of Latvia ’s Armed Forces with NATO standards.
Looking to NATO Membership
"I think that essentially our expectations in receiving the invitation and becoming full members of the Alliance really relate to the basis on which NATO was established back in 1949 and it was established as we know as a collective defence organisation where the members of the organisation come to the assistance of each other and have this commitment to assist one another in the event of one of the member states of the Alliance being threatened, " said Ambassador Liegis, Head of the Mission of Latvia to NATO in a special interview for the NATO Web site.
Words from Latvia
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Latvia at a glance