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Difficult political situation in Europe and unrest in neighbouring Belarus forced Latvian authorities to make strange decisions.

Though NATO is thankful to the Baltic States for increasing its defence expenditures, the readiness of their armed forces are disputable and the future of their abilities arise questions.

It is no secret, that one of Latvia's main problem is lack of young people ready to serve in the armed forces. Probably, this problem made Pabriks to initiate a number of amendments to the law "On the National Guard of the Republic of Latvia" ("Par Latvijas Republikas Zemessardzi"), which will be discussed on Wednesday at a government meeting and will soon be sent for approval to the Seimas.

The National Guard is a component of the National Armed Forces, the objective of which is to involve the citizens of Latvia in the defence of the State territory and society and which participates in the planning and execution of the State defence tasks.

According to the law on the National Guard, it has the following tasks:

perform the tasks of the national territorial defence all alone or by supporting the NAF professional units;

ensure combat and mobilization readiness;

perform the support tasks of host-nation;

guard objects of national importance in the event of war or threat;

clear consequences of emergency situations;

support the society and the Youth Guard movement;

provide support to the foreign troops transferring or arriving at the Latvian territory;

establish combat support and logistics units in the fields of transportation, civil-military cooperation, logistics, engineer and air defence.

Thus, the National Guard has and will have an important role and tasks in the national defence.

That is why Pabriks' proposals cause doubt and bewilderment.

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