Five national and international military exercises are planned in Lithuania in November. Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, the Chief of Defence of Lithuania, says that these exercises, which involve thousands of soldiers and considerable military equipment, do not only show Lithuania‘s preparedness to defend itself, but also NATO's attention to collective defence in Eastern Europe.
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On November 9, the exercise Geležinis kardas 2015 (Iron Sword 2015) kicked off in Pabradė with deployment of 2,000 soldiers.

Military equipment has already started coming to Lithuania a few weeks ago. The UK has brought various military vehicles and other equipment through Klaipėda sea port. US military vehicles Bradley and tanks M1A2 Abrams have been brought to Rukla by train. Ten countries are sending troops to Lithuania: the Czech Republic, the US, the UK, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Georgia, and also NATO Rapid Response Force Headquarters.

Two military exercises will take part in Latvia and Estonia in November.

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