The US Embassy in Vilnius announced on Wednesday that it plans to strengthen the US military presence in the Baltic states and change the status of the US forces presence in Lithuania to “permanent alternating presence”.
Since 2019, with small breaks between rotations, a US battalion has been deployed at the Pabrade training ground on the outskirts of Vilnius.
US Ambassador to Lithuania Roberts Dzilkraists briefed Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvidas Anušauskas about the planned changes in troop deployment.
“As the United States continues to fulfill its obligations to our allies in the Baltic States, it will continue to strengthen the permanent and permanent US military presence in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,” the embassy statement said.
“In Lithuania, this includes the transition from the episodic deployment of an initially armored battalion-sized unit and a field artillery battery to a permanent rotating presence,” the US Embassy in Vilnius said in a statement.
Gilchrist reminded US President Joe Biden that the US is determined to defend every centimeter of NATO territory.
“This U.S. deployment demonstrates our commitment, and as we continue to adjust our force positions in the region, we are determined to ensure a permanent, full presence in the region and to increase the training of our Baltic allies to maintain and strengthen our credible capabilities in combat, defense and deterrence stance,” explained an American diplomat.
Anusauskas expressed that Lithuania is determined to provide all needed support from the host country.
The US military presence remains a critical part of our deterrence and defense against Russia,” he said. “We welcome and strongly support the strengthening of a sustained and permanent US military presence in Lithuania.”
Since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014, a US company of about 150 soldiers has been on rotation in Lithuania.
On the other hand, since 2019, battalion-sized units with more than 500 soldiers have been deployed on a rotating basis in Lithuania.
Source: Tv Net
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