Lithuania: Faster deployment of Bundeswehr soldiers on NATO’s eastern flank

Lithuania is urging haste with regard to the promised stationing of 4,000 Bundeswehr soldiers. The Lithuanian deputy foreign minister compares his country’s situation with West Berlin during the Cold War.

Jonas Survila said aloud the Welt am Sonntag: “We should now focus on agreeing an ambitious and rapid timetable for full deployment.” He added that Vilnius was ready to make a significant investment in the infrastructure needed to host the German troops. Moreover, Survila drew a historical comparison, saying, “Today we feel like West Berlin during the Cold War: surrounded by aggressive neighbors both from the west, Kaliningrad, Russia, and from the east, Belarus.” The Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister said, “Today, both symbolically and practically, we ask the Germans to contribute to security by permanently stationing a combat-ready German brigade in Lithuania.”

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Image: Julian Herzog, Mercedes-Benz 250 GD Wolf German Armed Forces ILA Berlin 2016, CC-BY-4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size changed)

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