The Pentagon will send hundreds of troops to Lithuania for “joint operations” over the coming years. US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy stated this in Vilnius, Baltnews reports.
“We will continue to deploy in Lithuania, where the forces of both countries will benefit from joint operations,” McCarthy said following a meeting with Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis.
According to a Pentagon spokesman, several military units will arrive in Lithuania from Poland in a few months, and in 2022 a company of US military personnel will arrive for the exercises.
This became possible because Lithuania increased its defense budget to 2% of GDP, despite the fact that the country is one of the poorest in Europe.
Since last autumn, an American battalion with Abrams tanks and infantry fighting vehicles has been deployed in Lithuania. But after the outbreak of the coronavirus, the military left Lithuania.