Viewing cable 06RIGA496
Title: (C) LATVIAN REQUEST FOR U.S. AIR SECURITY

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06RIGA4962006-06-26 10:49:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Riga
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/22/2016 
TAGS: PREL MOPS ASEC NATO LG
SUBJECT: (C) LATVIAN REQUEST FOR U.S. AIR SECURITY 
ASSITANCE FOR NATO SUMMIT 
 
REF: 05 STATE 82980 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Catherine Todd Bailey. 
Reason 1.4 (a & d) 
 
¶1. (U) This is a request for guidance from Washington 
agencies.  See para 3. 
 
¶2. (C/NOFORN) In a letter to Ambassador Bailey, the GOL has 
presented a request for USG assistance with air security for 
the period of the NATO Summit in Riga, November 28-29, 2006 
(see para 4 below).  In making this request, the GOL is 
keying off its experience with the President's visit to Riga 
in May 2005.  However, that was a bilateral event.  We are 
aware that there are ongoing NATO discussions on security 
arrangements for the summit.  However, should the USG decide 
to provide some air security assistance on a bilateral basis, 
we believe that the Latvians would have no problem agreeing 
to the arrangements for the May 2005 visit reflected in an 
exchange of notes that provided SOFA and liability 
arrangements (reftel). 
 
¶3. (C/NOFORN)  Guidance request: Post requests that 
Washington agencies provide text for a response to the GOL. 
 
¶4. (C/REL Latvia) Begin text of Latvian letter: 
 
Dear Ambassador, 
 
I would like to draw your attention to an issue of importance 
concerning the upcoming NATO summit of the heads of state and 
governments to be held in Riga on 28-29 November, 2006.  The 
Government of Latvia has already devoted a lot of effort to 
the technical and administrative arrangements for the summit 
as well as to ensure the security of the event and its 
participants. 
 
As you know, the current model for NATO air policing in the 
Baltic States does not address the threats posed by renegade 
planes.  Latvia does not posses the means to counter these 
threats either.  Taking into account the previous positive 
experience of cooperation between our countries, the 
Government of Latvia has decided to request the authorities 
of the United States to enter into a bilateral arrangement 
regarding the temporary deployment of United States Air Force 
aircraft to provide security against airborne threats, 
including renegade planes. 
 
If the foregoing is acceptable to the authorities of the 
United States I would propose to start bilateral negotiations 
on the details of the deployment and Agreement on the status 
of forces. 
 
I am convinced that the exelent (sic) tradition of 
cooperation between our countries in defence matters will 
benefit from the joint efforts to ensure security of the NATO 
summit in Riga - the main event of this year not only for the 
Transatlantic community but also global security. 
 
I look forward to strengthening our cooperation. 
 
Sincerely, 
/s/ 
Atis Slakteris 
Minister of Defence 
Bailey