Bigger US military budget means more troops for Lithuania, Olekas says

After official announcement of the US plans to quadruple its defence budget for Europe, Lithuania's Defence Minister Juozas Olekas says this would mean deployment of a larger number of US troops and equipment in Lithuania.
Juozas Olekas
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