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Germany ready to station a battalion in Lithuania

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUGermany is ready to send a battalion-sized unit to Lithuania, as announced by Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas on Thursday. According to him, he has received a confirmation from his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen.

«We are happy to hear such a decision from Germany – it is a strong step for solidarity to enhance our country’s security. We have been trying to achieve for some time to convince our allies to station a battalion-sized unit in our country. I received a call from the defence minister. She told me that such a decision has been made by their government – we will soon receive official news,» – the minister told BNS.

As noted by Spiegel.de, the offer to station reinforcements in Lithuania was voiced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Germany’s allies in NATO during a closed mini-summit in Hanover at the beginning of the week. This mini-summit was also attended by US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The final decision may be made at the NATO summit in Warsaw.

Last week, Merkel, answering a question from BNS as to whether or not Germany is ready to send a battalion-sized unit to Lithuania, said that her country may agree to ‘become involved in longer-term programmes’. She added that details have to be discussed.

In response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, US has deployed troops and armoured vehicles in Lithuania and other Easter European countries in spring 2014. Small NATO headquarters have been established in countries of this region.

In addition, troops from other NATO member state are regularly stationed in Baltic States for military exercises.

Russia claims that NATO military infrastructure established near its borders that it poses a threat. Russia has provided a warning that it will take counter-measures.

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