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2017.02.02 11:01

German troops from NATO battalion arrive in Lithuania

Algirdas Acus 2017.02.02 11:01

German troops continued to arrive in Lithuania, on Tuesday, to form the deployment of the 1200-strong NATO unit.

A group of 70 German soldiers landed in the second biggest Lithuanian city Kaunas.
‘I am quite confident that we will finish our deployment within February, all German personnel as well as our equipment and other material, our vehicles will be here, in Lithuania,’ said Christoph Huber, Chief of NATO battalion in Lithuania.
Germany will lead a 1200-strong NATO battalion. It will also be comprised of Belgian, Norwegian, Dutch and Croatian militaries.
‘The rotation is planned within the period of six months, so these soldiers in reality will be deployed here for a half of a year, and later they will be rotated by other soldiers,’ said representative of Lithuanian Army’s ‘Iron wolf’ brigade Vaidas Žiogas. He was among those Lithuanian militaries who welcomed newly arrived Allies.
The NATO battalion will be stationed in Rukla near Kaunas.
‘Germany will contribute 20 infantry fighting vehicles type Marder, also bring six Leopard 2 battle tanks’, said Christoph Huber.
The Alliance decided to deploy an international NATO battalion in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, in order to deter Russia.
 

Shots of German soldiers arriving at Kaunas Karmėlava airport
 

Sound bite (English)

Lieutenant Colonel CHRISTOPH HUBER, Chief of NATO battalion in Lithuania:

Today with the arrival of 70 German soldiers the next step to build up enhanced forward presence Lithuania is done. And I am quite confident that we will finish our deployment within February. So that we will have by the end of February all German personnel as well as our equipment and other material, our vehicles here, in Lithuania.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

Captain VAIDAS ŽIOGAS, representative of Lithuanian Army’s ‘Iron Wolf’ brigade:

The rotation is planned within the period of six months, so these soldiers in reality will be stationed here for a half of a year and later they will be rotated by other soldiers. Now from Karmėlava airport they will go to Rukla, where they will be constantly deployed. They will move there, they will start to prepare for military drills, once they are all in Lithuania, a joint preparation with Lithuanian army will start.
 

Sound bite (English)

Lieutenant Colonel CHRISTOPH HUBER, Chief of NATO battalion in Lithuania:

Germany will contribute with 20 infantry fighting vehicles type Marder. Also bring with me six Leopard 2 battle tanks. All in all, we talk about 200 hundred German vehicles. Also other nations will contribute with infantry fighting vehicles.