NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and President Dalia Grybauskaite on Tuesday are to attend the Distinguished Visitors' Day of the multinational military exercise Iron Wolf in Rukla, in central Lithuania.
Jensas Stoltenbergas ir Dalia Grybauskaitė
© LRPK / Robertas Dačkus

"The exercise shows that the formation of the NATO forward presence battalion has been completed. The secretary general is the architect thanks to whom we have the NATO battalions. He has personally contributed a lot to NATO reforms being carried out so swiftly and decisions beign implemented so fast. Thus, we regard this person as our friend, a friend of Lithuania," Grybauskaite said on LRT Radio on Tuesday morning.

The event is also expected to be attended by Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Zukas, as well as ambassadors, chiefs of defense of other NATO countries, members of the parliament and other guests, the Defense Ministry said.

"The distinguished visitors and media representatives will be invited to observe a display of water obstacle crossing operation demonstrating the multinational battle group with heavy equipment crossing a river via a pontoon bridge provided by military engineers and proceeding to its task," the ministry said in a press release.

"A static display of military vehicles and weaponry used by exercise participants will be available at the event location," it said.

Held in Lithuania on June 12 through 23, the Iron Wolf exercise involves over 5,300 troops from ten NATO countries. The troops are training to conduct defensive and offensive operations in Lithuania's military training and other areas, the ministry said.

"Readiness of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group to carry out a spectrum of tasks along with partners will also be assessed at the exercise," it said.

The Iron Wolf 2017 exercise is part of the Saber Strike drills in the Baltic states and Poland.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian PM to meet NATO chief over additional support

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg...

Seimas panel head to propose to raise intelligence body funding by EUR 4 mln - media

Vytautas Bakas , chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense , will propose to...

Fake news on 'NATO plans to attack Belarus' planted on Lithuanian news website - media

A fake news story alleging that NATO is planning to attack Belarus was planted on Kas Vyksta Kaune...

Lithuanian troops to be decorated after Mali deployment

Lithuanian soldiers of the 1st Territorial Unit, Dainava Military District, National Defense Volunteer...

Seimas allows Lithuania to send more troops to international operations

Lithuania will be able send more troops and civilians to international operations in the next two years.