The first troops of the German-led NATO forward presence battalion are expected to arrive in Lithuania in late January, the Defence Ministry said.
German troops
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Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, on a visit to Lithuania, on Thursday that that the country was taking every effort to put in place all the necessary infrastructure for the arriving forces to train and get ready for carrying out deterrence and defense tasks along with the country's Armed Forces.

"To ensure that the presence of allied forces in the region acts as a deterrent, NATO's forward presence battalions must have the appropriate capabilities and weapons and also be ready for combat actions if needed. Lithuania, in its turn, is fully prepared to host the arriving forces,” Karoblis said in a press release.

“We are improving our infrastructure and training conditions and the procedures to ensure that the deployment of these forces is smooth and efficient," he said.

NATO's member states decided at the Warsaw Summit last July to send four 1,000-strong multinational battalions to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland each to deter Russia. The battalions will be led by Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively,

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