Croatia will send soldiers to a German-led multinational battalion that will be deployed to Lithuania next year, the country's president said in Vilnius on Thursday.

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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovič
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"We have decided to send a group of soldiers who would cooperate with the Germans and could be deployed here in Lithuania," Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in a joint conference with her Lithuanian counterpart, Dalia Grybauskaitė.

The Benelux countries, Norway and France are also expected to contribute troops to the 1,000-strong battalion in Lithuania, which will be headed by Germany.

Similar multinational battalions will also be deployed to Estonia, Latvia and Poland as a deterrent to Russia.

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