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In Vilnius began large-scale military exercises of NATO

В Вильнюсе начались крупные военные учения НАТО In a special operation involved nearly two dozen soldiers from different countries.

In Vilnius kicked off the annual exercise Saber Strike with the participation of 18 thousand soldiers from 19 countries.

About 18 thousand troops from 19 countries will take part in NATO military exercises Saber Strike (“Strike of the sword”), under the leadership of the United States, which began on Sunday, June 3, with a ceremony in Vilnius.

Exercises are held annually since 2010. They will participate in the NATO battalions under the control of the United States, Germany, the UK and Canada, placed in the Baltic States and Poland.

“They (the battalions of the NATO – Ed.) will be specifically checked during Saber Strike, this will demonstrate the solidarity of the Alliance”, – said in Vilnius, Brigadier General, U.S. army Richard Coffman.

Going to work on the interaction of ground and air forces to provide “the necessary presence, where it will need,” said the General.

Meanwhile, Poland is awaiting a response on the offer to pay US from 1.5 to 2 billion dollars for the creation on its territory a permanent U.S. military base.

The document entitled “Proposal on the permanent presence of the USA in Poland” developed “in the framework of the events aimed at deepening defense cooperation with the United States, including the increased presence of American troops in Poland” in 2018.

He sent to the U.S. Congress, several government agencies and think tanks, including representatives of the Atlantic Council. The representative of the Atlantic Council also acknowledged receipt of the document.

The document stresses that the permanent presence in Poland armoured division of US troops is necessary “to deter an increasingly assertive and dangerous position of Russia that threatens Europe.”

The Polish defense Ministry also noted that the establishment of a permanent us military base in Poland in line with that adopted in the US in 2017, national defence doctrine, which “defines aggression as one of the main threats to U.S. and global stability.”

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