Not often one sees “NATO” and “mittens” in the same story…. Not to mention “swastika”…..
Latvians have been asked to knit mittens as gifts to delegates at a Nato summit later this year – but without a traditional swastika motif.
Local craftspeople have been asked to make the mittens in an attempt to showcase Latvian culture ahead of the November summit, the first in Latvia.
Three hundred knitters are being asked to make 4,500 mittens.
The swastika design is not a Nazi symbol – it is a traditional Latvian motif from local folklore.