The first heavy US weaponry should reach the Baltic states in early 2016, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence has said.
© Reuters/Scanpix

Each of the three Baltic states - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - will accommodate elements of heavy weaponry including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told Baltic defense ministers in Tallinn.

According to the press release, the secretary restated the US firm commitment to the security of the three Baltic nations. "An attack on one of your countries is an attack on the entire NATO," he asserted.

Lithuania's Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, in his turn, stated that Lithuania was already ready to host the Allied forces and equipment.

Earlier on Tuesday, Carter confirmed Washington's plans to station about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment in seven European countries to reassure the NATO Allies that are faced with the threats in the light of Russian policies and operations of international terrorist groups.

The plans also include deployment of Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers.

The Baltic defense ministers met with the US defense secretary on the eve of the Brussels meeting of NATO defence ministers.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania puts 3D air defense radars into operation

Lithuanian Air Force put into operation on Tuesday two long-range 3D radars amid efforts to strengthen...

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...