Lithuania: more troops needed in Eastern Europe

Lithuania: more troops needed in Eastern Europe

World July 12, 2018 09:51

brussels - NATO must 'naturally' station more troops in Eastern Europe, says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. 'Until Russia changes its behavior,' she said on arrival on the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels. Russia was an important subject at the dinner that the leaders had the night before.

In the Baltic country there are times when almost three hundred Dutch soldiers are part of an advanced NATO battle group under the command of Germany. The Netherlands recently decided to extend the deployment up to and including 2020.

In the statement that NATO countries adopted on Wednesday, Russia argues that aggressive actions, including the use of force to achieve political targets, undermine European and Atlantic security.

Donald Trump meets his Russian counterpart, Putin, in Helsinki on Monday. He reiterated Thursday that Germany and other wealthy NATO countries pay only a fraction of the cost of protection against Russia and that their contribution must be increased. 'The US is paying tens of billions too much to subsidize Europe. '

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