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Lithuania to endorse building foreign military base

Lithuania is considering to build a new training facility in the west of the country to accommodate exercises of Lithuanian and NATO soldiers, according to Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

The existing military training area in Pabradė is sufficient for U.S. and NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) exercises, he stressed, but that leaves less space for Lithuanian troops. Therefore, there are plans to up investments into the Pabradė and Rukla training areas.

“A study is now also being done on a fairly big training area in Lithuania, which is really necessary due to those challenges I tried to describe as we and our allies are bursting at the seams together and hardly have enough space for ourselves,” highlighted the Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

“As we know about Russia’s growing military forces in Kaliningrad, so we are looking for possibilities specifically in western Lithuania to have more widespread distribution of training areas as we are currently concentrating on Rukla, Kazlų Rūda and, of course, Pabradė. So we should have a wider spread,” Karoblis argued.

Considering the statements of the Minister of Defence of Lithuania, the new training ground is likely to be set up in western Lithuania, since the army has upped its presence there in recent years in response to military presence in Russia’s Kaliningrad.

The proposed location may be the Pagudonės training area. Currently, this training ground is neglected and is rarely used to conduct combat training activities of National Defence Volunteer Forces. It is planned to increase this area to 12,000 hectares.

A well-developed transport infrastructure and logistics have already been created in the immediate vicinity of the new training ground:

  • Zokniai airbase;
  • highway E-272;
  • railway;
  • American military equipment storage base in Mumaičiai;
  • Сentral Arsenal in Linkaičiai.

We must confess, that all military facilities of NATO and the United States in Lithuania are located near military training grounds (Pabradė and Gaižiūnai). It can be assumed that the new training area will be used for the deployment of foreign military forces and may become a new military facility in Lithuania.

It should be remembered the creation of military infrastructure for the needs of the United States in Lithuania violates Article 137 of the country’s Constitution “There may not be any weapons of mass destruction and foreign military bases on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.”

Lithuania to endorse building foreign military base

Lithuania is considering to build a new training facility in the west of the country to accommodate exercises of Lithuanian and NATO soldiers, according to Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis. The existing military training area in Pabradė is sufficient for U.S. and NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) exercises, he stressed, but that leaves less space for Lithuanian troops.

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Luka-The-K9
Reply to  Luka-The-K9
September 16, 2020

Maybe this guy could clarify the situation? Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and… Read more »

Luka-The-K9
Reply to  Luka-The-K9
September 21, 2020

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“As the goat feeds from the vine” Pure satanic cult graphic.

The old “intermarum alliance” Lithuania-Poland-Ukraine

Barbarossa 2.

This would be the third attempt, and the European’s learned nothing from WW1 and WW2.

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