According to Lithuania's National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, Lithuania at the moment would be ready to accept 6,000-8,000 NATO troops without any major logistical issues.
Defence Minister Juozas Olekas
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"If the Rapid Reaction Force arrived here with around 6,000-8,000 troops we would not see any major problems regarding their accommodation, feeding, transportation within Lithuania's territory," the national defence minister told reporters on Friday.

Olekas says that if a bigger number of troops were to arrive to the country then the first major problem would be traffic congestion in civil roads.

As reported, on 13 November, the National Joint Host Nation Support Coordination Committee will for the first time convene at regional exercise Baltic Host 2015. At the meeting presided over by Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas representatives from different ministries of Lithuania will train procedures of accepting NATO forces deployed in case of a crisis and meet with Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) Lieutenant General Tim Evans.

Baltic Host is a series of annual exercises held by the Baltic States since 2009.

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