Chiefs of defence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have sent a letter to Commander of the US European Command General Philip Breedlove, asking to deploy a brigade-sized unit in the region.
General Philip Breedlove
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"The letter was sent on Friday," Captain Mindaugas Neimontas, spokesman for the Lithuanian Armed Forces, told BNS on Monday.

The three Baltic countries aim to have a battalion-sized unit permanently deployed in each of the countries, and they would together form a brigade. This is described as a deterrent in response to the Russian actions in the region.

A brigade-sized unit usually consists of 2,000-3,000 troops.

The three Baltic nations have been each hosting a company of US troops – about 150 – since last year. Other Allies are also sending their soldiers for exercises to the region, however, this is not done on a regular basis.

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