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2019.10.15 16:00

Pointing at Poland, Lithuanian president hopes to see US bases at home

BNS2019.10.15 16:00

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Tuesday he welcomes the strengthening military cooperation between Lithuania and the United States, noting that 500 American troops have just deployed to Lithuania for six months. 

According to the president, neighboring Poland's success in convincing Washington about the need for a permanent deployment of several thousand US troops in the country shows that this is possible in Lithuania as well.

"This is a realistic aspiration that can be achieved through consistent cooperation. And this is what we are going to do in the future," Nausėda said.

The US deployed around 200 troops to Lithuania in 2014 in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, but pulled out rotational troops in 2017 after NATO's German-led international battalion was stationed in the country.