Lithuania signed a Treaty with the United States on military cooperation in the security field.
The Minister of defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis and U.S. Ambassador Anne Hall on Tuesday in Vilnius signed an agreement on military cooperation in the security field that defines the status of the US military in Lithuania.
“I am convinced that the presence of U.S. forces is one of the most important factors that enable people of Lithuania feel themselves in the current situation it is safer, and I hope that a permanent presence will continue in the future,” said Karoblis at the signing ceremony.
Minister Karoblis also noted that it was “a historic day in the sphere of defence cooperation between Lithuania and the USA”. US Ambassador Hall said that the signed agreement “one more time affirms the willingness of both countries to work shoulder to shoulder, strengthening the NATO Alliance”.
Bilateral agreements on cooperation in the field of defence will contribute to a wide range of military partnership between Lithuania and the United States. Lithuania signed the Treaty will enter into force after ratification in the Sejm. The agreement will simplify procedural issues related to entry and stay in Lithuania the American armed forces. It will facilitate joint exercises, and other projects. The Treaty defines the status of U.S. military personnel and their families. USA have the right to judge their military have committed crimes, but provides for the exception of Lithuania may adopt the jurisdiction in especially important cases.
USA 2014 get deployed in Lithuania, a company of their military, to participate in the exercises often will come to Lithuania from the battalion stationed in Poland brigade.
As previously reported, on Tuesday a similar agreement signed with the United States and Estonia. Latvia signed it last week. Negotiators in the Baltic countries and the United States tried to reach agreement on the contracts before the inauguration of US President Donald trump, because when you start to work the new administration, this issue can be pushed to the bottom of the agenda.
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