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After getting involved in a brawl in Lithuania, four Dutch troops, who are part of the NATO multi-national force in the Baltic country have been sent back to their homeland.

News portal DutchNews.nl reported on Tuesday, July 18, citing Dutch newspaper Trouw that it is not fully certain, what happened, but according to Lithuanian police reports, two of the soldiers attacked a Lithuanian man and Lithuanian media report that the men had been drinking, with the possible cause of the dispute being an unpaid bill.

Representative of the Dutch Defence Ministry, Joost de Vries, unveiled that the Netherlands had urged Lithuania not to try the men but to hand them over to the Dutch authorities for punishment in their homeland: «Until the investigation has been completed, there is no question of disciplinary measures.»

A total of 270 Dutch soldiers are serving in Lithuania within the NATO aggression-deterrence mission.

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