Sen. Gary Peters returns from Eastern Europe visit

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WASHINGTON, DC (WLNS) – U.S. Senator Gary Peters is back in this country after a visit to Latvia and Lithuania over the weekend.

Sen. Peters met with members of the Michigan National Guard and the Air National Guard stationed in Eastern Europe as part of an annual joint military exercise with a dozen NATO member nations.

“Our NATO allies in Eastern Europe sit on the frontlines of Russian aggression, and it is critical that the United States sends an unequivocal message that we will stand united against any threats to our interests and security,” said Senator Peters.

In Latvia, Peters met with Latvian defense force leaders who briefed the senator on their efforts to deal with Russian threats on the border.

He also visited a NATO facility where he learned about Russian propaganda efforts to undermine democracies like Latvia and Lithuania.

For over 20 years, Michigan’s National Guard has worked jointly with Latvia’s military through the State Partnership Program, participating in joint training and exercises in both Europe and Michigan.

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