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Lithuanian generals in shock: American tanks return home

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, June 29, 2020

The American mechanized battalion left Lithuania. Tanks and soldiers went to Germany and then to Texas. The U.S. battalion left Lithuania without waiting for Defender Europe 2020 military exercises. The battalion has been in the country since last fall and took part in some exercises. It was planned that the battalion would join the largest Defender 2020 NATO maneuvers, but they were eventually canceled due to the coronavirus. Several dozens…

NATO battalion in Baltics would be ready to act – interview

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, a “NATO buffer state”, would have the determination to act, Lithuania’s Chief of  Defence   Valdemaras Rupšys told BNS in an interview. “I think there would be enough determination and will to use [the battalion]. This is guaranteed by their military commanders and not even called into question,” he said. According to Rupšys, the geographical proximity to Russia poses additional challenges, including cybersecurity, to…

France to send 300 troops to Lithuania next year

Monday, July 15, 2019

France will next year send around 300 troops to NATO’s multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania, the French ambassador in Vilnius said on Sunday. The Alliance deployed units to the three Baltic countries and Poland in early 2017, in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its activity in the Baltic Sea region. The battalion in Lithuania is led by Germany. Other countries send their troops for a certain period of…

Over 100 Lithuanian troops off to US for exercise

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

More than 100 soldiers from the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Battalion have left for the United States to participate in an exercise, the military said on Monday. An infantry company with assigned units — a total of 125 soldiers — have departed for the US, Sergeant Irmantas Kovalenko, a public relations specialist with the battalion, told BNS. The Lithuanian soldiers will join allied troops for the exercise at the National…