On his visit to the United States this week, Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas was assured by US politicians that Congress will approve the $3.4-billion-USD European Reassurance Initiative for 2017, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence said on Thursday.
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Olekas received these assurances during his meeting with Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Senator Jack Reed, his deputy.

US funding for European security would increase four-fold compared to this year.

According to the ministry, Olekas received strong backing and understanding of the complexity of the security situation during his meetings with US politicians.

"US officials were interested in what additional enhancement could be contributed to Lithuania's security," it said.

The Lithuanian minister thanked the US for its decisions increasing the efficiency of the US military presence in the region.

"Continued maintenance of US forces and modern heavy equipment, enhanced cooperation regarding air defense and other critical capabilities are the essential elements of deterrence in our region," Olekas said.

"We are ready for sharing the burden with the Alliance and rendering full Host Nation Support, and to continue refining the conditions for NATO training and accommodation of allied forces," he said.

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