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Germany continues to expand its military presence in Lithuania

The German Air Force is setting up a Deployable Control and Reporting Centre (DCRC) at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, supplemented by additional sub-elements at Skede, Latvia and Ämari, Estonia. German soldiers are preparing to augment the static CRCs at Karmėlava, Lielvarde (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) and support situational awareness for the airspace in the Baltic region. Subdivisions of the DCRC are also deployed in Skede (Latvia) and Amari (Estonia).

The German Air Force Control and Reporting Centre are closely connected with the other Baltic CRCs and NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany, to help control NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission and demonstrate interoperability.

Germany is Lithuania’s principal ally and a cornerstone guarantee of security and stability in Europe. The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany concerning Temporary Stays of Members of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania and the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Territory of the Other State was written in the summer of 2020.

Germany is also an active participant of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States and delegates officers to the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius.

Germany is the framework nation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group deployed for deterrence and defence purposes in Rukla since early 2017, and has the largest portion of troops there. A Mechanised Infantry Brigade of the Lithuanian Armed Forces was affiliated to a German Bundeswehr Division in 2018.

Generally, the Baltic States are now on the front line of the increasing tension between NATO and the Russian Federation. In order to lure the NATO and American militaries into their territory, the Baltic governments compete in propaganda, day and night broadcasting message about the “hand of Moscow” that allegedly threatens them.

Further positioning of NATO forces in the Baltic region could spark inadvertent escalation. NATO’s joint forces and its subsequent efforts to keep the Baltics by massive force deployment would irritate Moscow.

Russia might escalate the situation and even could use nuclear weapons. In addition, Ambiguous Nuclear Doctrines in NATO’s and Russia’s nuclear policies create the potential for deliberate escalation.

Thus, a potential conflict between NATO and Russia could provoke not only the use of conventional weapons, but also nuclear weapons.

Germany continues to expand its military presence in Lithuania | The Baltic Word

The German Air Force is setting up a Deployable Control and Reporting Centre (DCRC) at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, supplemented by additional sub-elements at Skede, Latvia and Ämari, Estonia. German soldiers are preparing to augment the static CRCs at Karmėlava, Lielvarde (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) and support situational awareness for the airspace in the Baltic region.

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Luka-The-K9
October 17, 2020

Mr Putin has told the fascist “international community”:

“We will not fight another war on Russia’s soil”

Unfortunately the people in the EU do not understand what that statement infers.

In other words, one incursion into RF territory, will mean an immediate response.

Moreover NATO can say “sionara” to all bases east of the river Rhine.

The whole affair according to STRATFOR will take less than 60 hours.

Luka-The-K9
Reply to  Luka-The-K9
October 17, 2020

We notice on this map that Vienna in Austria appears to have foregone its “neutral” military stance.

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Schnitzel Sashlik
Schnitzel Sashlik
Reply to  Luka-The-K9
October 17, 2020

NATO will never risk a head-on confrontation. They’ll just continue nipping at Russia’s heels with more Navalny-style provocations and color pallet lessons for its neighbors.

Schnitzel Sashlik
Schnitzel Sashlik
October 17, 2020

The Germans seem to have a natural affinity for Lithuania. I expect at some point there’ll be a battle over what the new official language will be, Polish or German. Baltic languages are a natural target for both. Who can forget how efficiently Germany obliterated the third Baltic tongue of Prussia. Gone in a week. I’ll put my money on Germany.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Schnitzel Sashlik
October 18, 2020

The first German words the occupied Lithuanians will learn: “Sieg Heil, Herr Obersturmbannführer!”

Stomping Grounds
Stomping Grounds
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
October 18, 2020

I think a good many of them already have. Part of their cultural heritage.

Olivia Kroth
October 18, 2020

The Nazi Wehrmacht occupied Lithuania in 1941. The newborn Nazis are occupying Lithuania again, in 1920. Nothing new under the sun.

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