US will maintain long-term military presence in Lithuania, ambassador reassures

On 3 December, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed his recent visit in the US, assistance to Ukraine, participation in multinational operations and other security and defence issues at a meeting with Ambassador of the United States in Lithuania Deborah A. McCarthy, the Ministry of National Defence reports.
Juozas Olekas met with US Ambassador Deborah A. McCarthy
© G. Maksimovicz nuotr.

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