The Federal Government of Latvia has announced it will replace its ageing air force fleet with 40 000 paper aeroplanes purchased from China.
The Latvian Defence Minister announced this decision to astonished media at a press conference in the capital, Riga, yesterday.
He explained that the budget required to maintain their ageing fleet of French Mirages and German Dorniers together with other NATO surplus aircraft was exceedingly expensive with every passing year and that it was more environmentally friendly to invest in paper aeroplanes as their impact on the environment was negligible.
Mr Raul Hagiwoil defended the decision and fended off complaints that they (the Ministry) had gone beyond reasonable limits of sanity.
"We are making a move that our children and their children will thank us for" he said.
"They're f...ing nuts" declared one NATO spokesperson who refused to be named.
The agreement with China to purchase these "green" aeroplanes is said to continue for the next five years, the end of which the Latvians will review the contract and make any changes necessary.
Another Latvian Defence spokesperson said that the Chinese models are manufactured by 12 year old elementary school students while they are being taught in class.
He said that these planes are among the best a normal kid can make. Many Latvians may be excused from thinking that their Government has just gone a bit "potty".