2020.07.03 15:27

French troops join NATO battalion in Lithuania, BNS2020.07.03 15:27

French troops are joining NATO's multinational Enhanced Forward Presence battalion in Lithuania.

“The first soldiers are arriving today,” French Ambassador to Lithuania Claire Lignières-Counathe told BNS on Friday.

In total, France will deploy 300 troops in Lithuania for a six-month rotation. This marks the second deployment of French soldiers in the country since 2018.

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NATO’s enhanced forward presence in the Baltic states and Poland was established in 2017 in response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

The unit in Lithuania is led by Germany and hosts around 1,200 soldiers from eight NATO allies. The battalion trains together with host nation forces and take part in multinational exercises.

The French unit is bringing Leclerc tanks and VBCI infantry fighting vehicles to Lithuania.