Ten US Rotation Forces Tanks Arrive in Lithuania

© Flickr / 7th Army Joint Multinational Training CommandM1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks are lined up on rail cars
M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks are lined up on rail cars - Sputnik International
Ten tanks of US rotation forces have arrived on Friday in Lithuania, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Delfi news portal, the M1A2 Abrams tanks arrived at the Gaiziunai railway station early morning.

A U.S. soldier greets the media as custom officers inspect an Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve - Sputnik International
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Lithuania is also set to receive five M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, trucks and offroaders.

On Thursday, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense said that the new rotation company, comprising 120 people, would enter service next week.

On Tuesday, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite welcomed arrival of the first troops of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battalion battle group to the country.

The decision to deploy four NATO multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2017 was approved at the NATO July summit in Warsaw.

NATO has been boosting its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European states, since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, citing Russia's alleged interference in that conflict as justification for the move.

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