Two United States F-22 Raptor stealth aircraft landed in Lithuania at Šiauliai Airbase on Wednesday.
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With Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė present, the fighter-jets landed in the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, which is home to the NATO air-policing mission.

"The arrival of one of the most modern US fighter-jets in Lithuania today has shown the US' capacity to quickly and efficiently ensure airspace defense. It is a signal that the Alliance is ready and capable of deterring any type of threat," Grybauskaitė said at the welcoming ceremony

The unannounced visit came in response to tensions caused by multiple incidents involving Russian fighter-jet maneuvers near US vessels and airplanes in the Baltic Sea. The Russian military says the maneuvers were nothing out of the ordinary and constituted no threat.

Grybauskaitė said that Russian aggressive actions, the buildup of weapons around Lithuania's borders, and the political will to use force are all existential threats, as the situation in Ukraine has made clear.

Formally put into service in 2005, the F-22 Raptor performed its first combat sorties during the American-led intervention in Syria and Iraq.

The US Air Force has about 180 F- 22 Raptors. The US Congress has banned the sale of these aircraft to foreign countries.

On Tuesday, two F-22s landed in Romania after visiting Estonia and Poland last year.

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