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Published: 17 october 2012 17:04

Lithuanian Defense Minister calls on NATO to hold more exercises in Baltic region

Generolo Wolfo Langheldo vizitas Vilniuje
Alfredo Pliadžio nuotr. / Generolo Wolfo Langheldo vizitas Vilniuje

It is important to hold more regular collective defense-based and as realistic as possible NATO exercises in the Baltic region, Lithuania's Minister of National Defense Rasa Juknevičienė said at a meeting with visiting General Wolf Langheld, commander of NATO Allied Joint Force Command.

"The minister of national defense (…) stressed that it's important to organize more regular NATO exercises based on Article 5 and with as realistic scenarios as possible," the minister was quoted as saying in a statement on Wednesday.

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland will hold exercises of the NATO Response Force, based on Article 5 on collective defense of the North Atlantic Treaty, next year.

According to the ministry, Langheld confirmed the Alliance's security guarantees for Lithuania.

"NATO will give complete assurance that you are under protection," the general was quoted a saying.

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