The Baltic states will formally ask NATO to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, Lithuania said Thursday, but the alliance gave no assurance that the request would be accepted.
“We are seeking a brigade-size unit so that every Baltic nation would have a battalion,” military spokesman Lithuanian Captain Mindaugas Neimontas told AFP.
He said Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian generals would soon send a joint request to US General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander.
Neimontas said the Baltic states were to seek “permanent rotational NATO forces” as a “deterrence measure given the security situation in the region”.
He refused to elaborate on specific numbers but a standard brigade could have around 3,000 troops.
Latvia’s defence ministry also confirmed the move in a Thursday statement saying “the joint letter will be sent next week”.
The ministry said military commanders from all three Baltic states recently decided to request a “brigade level permanent Allied military presence with a roughly battalion-level placement of units in each country.”
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