News2019.07.26 18:00

Baltic states ready to join Strait of Hormuz operation, but have no ships 2019.07.26 18:00

Lithuanian and Latvian ministers have recently claimed they’re ready to support an operation to protect shipping in the volatile Strait of Hormuz region. However, both ministers agreed they lack warships for any meaningful contribution.

Latvian Defence Ministry said on Thursday they could take part in a coalition, but doesn’t have any ships that could be used for the task, according to the country’s public broadcaster (LSM).

After US called on NATO member states to form a coalition to protect shipping in the region in late June, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said any response from the international community would decrease the risk of war.

However, he said Lithuania has no suitable naval capabilities, but would “consider” a request to send troops.

Estonian representatives are yet to issue a statement on the developments.

Britain announced plans Monday to develop a European “maritime protection mission,” and began escorting British-flagged ships transiting through the Strait of Hormuz earlier this week.

On Thursday, US hosted international representatives in Florida to negotiate a parallel coalition.

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