Alberta Mirror

Monday, January 17, 2022

Russia masses its soldiers, Canadian soldiers in Eastern Europe lookout

Key takeaways: 

  • Battlegroup in Latvia is Canada’s biggest away military presence.
  •  Most utmost of the soldiers are parts of the Royal 22nd Regiment based outside of Valcartier, Que. 

Russia masses its soldiers and Canadian guards: 

From a high shelter facing a mock battleground, Canadian Lt.-Col. John Benson has an outstanding view of the NATO bulletproof vehicles turning their machine gun blisters and moving through the mud and snow.

He loves what he views.

“We have absolutely no doubt that we can accomplish the tasks that are given to us,” Benson said to the media during an operation dubbed “Winter Shield” at Camp Ādaži, around an hour outside the Latvian capital, Riga. Source – cbc.ca

Benson is the battle group commander in command of the 500 Canadians posted here, Canada’s biggest away military presence. The most utmost are members of the Royal 22nd Regiment based out of Valcartier, Que.

The base, which treats soldiers from 13 NATO nations, is approximately 300 kilometres from the border with Russia and is deemed a fundamental part of the alliance’s eastern Europe security.

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The Canadians posted here are watching the build-up of as many as 100,000 combat-ready Russian troops to the south, on the edge with Ukraine. Belarus, which gives a border with Latvia, has also just begun new military operations along with its limit with Ukraine.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and other NATO foreign ministers are gathering in Riga this week to consider how to react to the Russian build-up and any possible attack.

Both Stoltenberg and Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly were at the base Monday in the progress of the NATO conferences.

If Russia gets a military move into Ukraine, “there will be consequences, and there will be costs,” Stoltenberg told CBC News, emphasizing that “Ukraine is a close NATO partner.”   Source – cbc.ca

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