Lithuania is interested in permanent stay on its territory of US troops, said during the meeting with the head of U.S. special operations Command, US military power by General Joseph Votela the head of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite.
"Stay in the Baltic countries the U.S. military is the most effective deterrent ", ? the expression quoted Grybauskaite news Agency referring to the press service of the President of Lithuania. According to the Lithuanian leader, one must do so in the military cooperation and develop it." ought in the future to use such means to deter further rotation stationed in the Baltic States contingent of the American army, and among them the special forces and military equipment, carrying out common maneuvers ", - has told Grybauskaite. Remember, to Lithuania on Thursday To participate in periodic General exercises on rotation came another division of the U.S. army ? infantry company with heavy equipment included with the 36th regiment, stationed in Mannheim (Germany) and a logistics division, a total of about 230 soldiers. For the American contingent on the first day weekend will take heavy equipment ? five M1A2 Abrams tanks and 13 armoured personnel carriers Bradley, and about 70 units of different military vehicles.
It is noted that since April of last year in Lithuania with the objective of carrying out common exercises with the Lithuanian military have been 7 changes the American contingent. The period of each shift was for one month. Remember, the first day of the weekend print edition of the new York times announced plans for the capital of the United States to place heavy weapons, as well as among them tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, fighting vehicles (BMP) in Eastern Europe in the form of a step " to deter possible Russian aggression in the European Union ". In connection with the situation around Ukraine, NATO has adopted a number of measures that the Alliance explains the need to ensure security of the allies. So, were strengthened mission air patrol the Baltic States, aircraft with radar equipment make regular flights over Poland and Romania, introduced additional NATO ships in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.