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Lithuania increases military capabilities | The Baltic Word

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The Baltic states continue to be one of the most militarized region in Europe. The planned reduction of American troops in Germany to 25 000 could increase the likelihood of further strengthening of relations between the Baltic states and the United States.

The Baltic states continue to be one of the most militarized region in Europe. The planned reduction of American troops in Germany to 25 000 could increase the likelihood of further strengthening of relations between the Baltic states and the United States.

Gradually, the Baltic states become Washington’s most reliable partners in the process of escalating tensions in eastern Europe.

In particular, Lithuania keeps up politics of militarization of the country. According to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry plans, the Land Forces intend to build up the amount of ammunition depots with required infrastructure until 2026. Among them:

Alytus (Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion of Mechanized Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf”) – 1 warehouse;

Kairiai (Arms Depot) – 1 warehouse;

Linkaičiai (Сentral Arsenal) – 14 warehouses;

Panevėžys (King Mindaugas Hussar Battalion of Mechanized Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf”) – 1 warehouses;

Rukla (Mechanized Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf”, NATO eFP, Gaiziunai Training Area) – 8 warehouses.

In general, it gives the possibility to store almost 1100 tons of ammunition. As a result, the current NATO and U.S. security policy in the Baltic region leads to increasing military capabilities in Lithuania.

A high concentration of weapons and ammunition can be a source of military threat in case of political tension or worsening of the international situation.

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about an increase in defense spending. In 2018 the political parties represented in the Seimas (except the Social Democrats) signed a controversial agreement on the guidelines of Lithuania’s defense policy to achieve defense spending to 2.5 % of GDP.

Populist desire to demonstrate “who loves the Homeland more” and “we are the most reliable partners of the USA” tends to take over wisdom.

Lithuania increases military capabilities

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Cold War Baltic amber, frozen in time.
Cold War Baltic amber, frozen in time.
June 23, 2020

Oh good. Now they can adequately protect themselves from invasions that are of no use to Russia and assets that nobody except NATO has designs on.
 
The only possible rationale NATO could possibly conjure would be if it assumes the role of a Nazi Germany poised to attack Russia and Russia moves to evict it and establish a buffer.
 
Is that how NATO sees itself? Carrying the mantel of Nazi Germany into the 21st century? Watching their behavior, sometimes I wonder.
 

Jens 'Bo Jangles' Stoltenberg
Jens 'Bo Jangles' Stoltenberg

Well, you know…history doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes often enough for a jester’s jig or two.

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