Latvia has been a member of NATO since 29 March 2004.
Arguments for Joining NATO:
Security - for independent Latvia. NATO will uphold its commitment to Latvia as any other member.
Stability - for us and our children in a safe and independent country. Never will our homeland, be marred by footsteps of unfriendly powers and never will our people be forced to leave their homes to seek refuge in foreign lands. Our development and prosperity has a secure foundation - our independence and freedom.
Professional army - the Latvian Armed Forces will be professional and well equipped.
Economic prosperity - a secure and stable country fosters investment inflow, faster development, more jobs and prosperity throughout Latvia.
Justice - NATO stands for justice, democracy and human rights throughout the globe. As part of NATO, Latvia will have its part in promoting and upholding these values.
14 Most Common Latvian Public Questions on NATO and Answers
1. Why should Latvia Join NATO Following Attacks on the US? • Together with NATO allies Latvia can adapt the alliance to fight non-traditional threats, particularly international terrorism • NATO military, technical and intelligence resources, as well as experience are fundamental prerequisites for combating international terrorism and other threats • Future security and defence - insurance against possible risks • Assistance in times of crisis - as a NATO member, Latvia will have permanent and reliable allies • Participation in the political and military decision-making process that affects Europe and Latvia. • Symbolic indicator of belonging to the family of affluent Western democracies • Development of a modern defence system compatible with the highest NATO standards • A sign of security and stability for future foreign investors
2. Why Latvia Cannot Remain Neutral? • Latvian historic precedents indicate that neutrality does not provide security •