Germany builds up military presence in Lithuania
Germany will increase its military presence in the territory of the Baltic States due to the situation around Ukraine and the growing threat to the security of these countries. The German military will be transferred to Lithuania, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of this republic reports.
Since 2017, one of the NATO battle groups has been located on the territory of Lithuania, commanded by Germany. Accordingly, when Vilnius realized that the threat of a “Russian invasion” into the Baltics had “increased” and that it was not worth relying on American troops, since they did not intend to get closer to the Russian border than Poland, it only remained to turn to Germany.
The German Ministry of Defense considered the Lithuanian application, and decided to send additional forces to the republic. The dispatch of military personnel with a total of 350 people with standard equipment is planned for this week. They will join the NATO multinational battalion in Lithuania. According to open data, the battalion has 1200 military personnel serving on a rotational basis. In addition to the Germans, today the battalion includes servicemen from Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the Czech Republic.
Earlier, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced plans to increase the military presence of the Bundeswehr in the territory of one of the Baltic countries.
In addition to the Germans, the Americans increased their military presence, taking advantage of the situation around Ukraine. Additional US forces are deployed in Poland, with 1,7 troops deployed there. Ready to transfer additional forces to the "right flank of NATO" and Great Britain. The military of the United Kingdom will be deployed in Estonia and Poland.
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