The Baltic states will press the United States and NATO to take additional security measures in the region ahead of a large Russian military exercise planned for September, Lithuania’s president said on Thursday.
NATO has already started to deploy four battle groups of about 1,000 soldiers each to the Baltic states and Poland, part of efforts agreed under previous U.S. president Barack Obama to deter Russia from interfering in the region.
The three small Baltic republics and Poland have felt especially vulnerable since Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014 and its support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
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Source: Voice of America