Lithuania seeks to make U.S. troop deployment permanent

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RUKLA, Lithuania, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Lithuania will ask the United States to permanently station troops in the country to help boost security, the Baltic nation’s president said on Wednesday.

Since 2019 the U.S. has deployed non-overlapping rotations of battlegroups of about 500 troops and equipment in Lithuania.

“Of course we will be talking to the U.S. to make sure that the rotational U.S. forces would be in Lithuania permanently,” President Gitanas Nauseda told a news conference.

“That would be the best boost to security and deterrence that NATO could provide not only to Lithuania but to the whole region,” Nauseda said.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas, writing by Terje Solsvik, editing by Gwladys Fouche)

File photo of US troops. EPA-EFE/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

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