Soldiers from nine NATO nations and military equipment are being brought to Lithuania, where two military training grounds will host this year's biggest military exercise event, Iron Sword 2014. The exercise, starting this weekend and organized by the Lithuanian army, will involve some 2,500 soldiers.
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Iron Sword 2014 will last from 2 to 14 November. Participants will include soldiers from the Czech Republic, Estonia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and Germany. Most of them, 1,900, are from the Lithuanian army. For the soldiers of Luxembourg, this will be the first exercise opportunity outside their country.

"This shows that NATO countries assume an increasingly serious and united position regarding geopolitical changes and our concerns about security in the region," Lithuania's chief of defence said during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, Iron Sword used to be Lithuania's national military exercise. However, "following events in Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland asked NATO to upgrade some national exercises to NATO events".

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