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NATO's Military Committee on Thursday gave a green light to the establishment of international military staffs in Lithuania and five other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, and will submit the proposal to defence ministers, Lithuania's Chief of Defense Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas confirmed to BNS.
NATO Military Committee agrees to set up military staffs in Lithuania and five other countries
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"The decision is a yes. The staffs will be established," the general said in a telephone interview to BNS from Brussels.

In Žukas' words, the military staff, which is directly subordinate to Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), may be stationed in Vilnius next to the Joint Staff, with half of the personnel consisting of Lithuanians and the rest of international forces.

Other similar staffs should be based in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, said the Lithuanian general. They should be in place by the end of 2015.

The plans are yet to be approved by NATO defence ministers in early February.

In Žukas' words, the discussion should also approve the plans of establishing Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and raise the issue of the need for NATO to revise its strategy and look into new threats.

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