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2014.04.24 11:17

US decision to send troops to Lithuania “normal reaction” – chief of defence

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.04.24 11:17

(BNS) The United States’ decision to send its troops to Lithuania is a normal reaction to the security situation in the NATO territory with the principle of collective defence in place, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius said on Wednesday.

 (BNS) The United States’ decision to send its troops to Lithuania is a normal reaction to the security situation in the NATO territory with the principle of collective defence in place, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius said on Wednesday.

In his words, Lithuania has expressed wish for NATO forces’ increased activity in the region, and “the allies are demonstrating that they are keeping their word, and Article 5 of the NATO Treaty remains the key point of this treaty.”

“We are following the key principle of the Alliance’s members – one for all and all for one. The component taking part in NATO’s air policing mission has already been strengthened. There have been reports recently on the allied naval forces’ component in the Baltic Sea. Therefore, the deployment of additional troops from the land forces is the Alliance’s natural reaction to the security situation in the NATO countries’ territory,” Pocius said in a statement to BNS via his spokesman.

On Tuesday, the United States announced its decision to send 600 troops to military exercises in Poland and the Baltic states. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said the American troops are set to arrive in Lithuania as early as this week.

In response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, NATO has previously decided to bolster the Baltic air policing mission and deploy additional ships in the Baltic Sea.

Baltic and Polish politicians have also expressed wish for permanent deployment of allied forces in the region but no decisions have been made yet.

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