The United States will send more troops and military equipment to the Baltic states, US President Barack Obama said during a visit in Estonia on Wednesday.
US President Obama with the Baltic states Presidents at a press conference in Tallinn
© AP/Scanpix

In his words, his administration and the Congress are currently finalizing the initiative announced in Warsaw in spring to step up the US presence in Eastern Europe. Obama has suggested earmarking 1 billion US dollars for the purpose.

"Here in the Baltics, it would mean positioning more American equipment, so it’s ready if needed. It would mean more training and exercises between our militaries. And it would mean more US forces, including American boots on the ground, continuously rotating through Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania," Obama said in Tallinn.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US president also announced plans to send more fighter-jets to exercises in the Nordic-Baltic region, saying that they will be carried out from the Estonian air base in Amari.

Additional security measures in response to the Russian actions in Ukraine will be discussed at the NATO summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday.

US court dismisses ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition appeal

A US court has dismissed an extradition appeal by Neringa Venckiene , a former Lithuanian judge and...

Survey: President tops popularity rating

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda tops the popularity rating in the country, according to the...

Lithuania joins group of countries condemning Beijing's treatment of Uighurs

Lithuania has joined a group of countries condemning China 's treatment of the Uighur ethnic...

Vilnius mayor: government not pulling out of stadium project

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius says Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has assured him...

New chief of defense: I am a realist and don’t dream about things we cannot have

Lithuania's incoming chief of defense , Major General Valdemaras Rupsys , says he will seek to...