From wintry Lithuania, NATO sends Russia a signal of resolve

Lithuanian troops along with other troops 11 NATO nations take part in the exercise in urban warfare during Iron Sword exercise in the mock town near Pabrade

From Reuters:

“Troops from 11 NATO countries including the United States rehearsed battle skills in a snowy Lithuanian forest on Friday, and the leader of the Baltic state voiced confidence that U.S. commitment to Europe’s defense would survive the election of Donald Trump as president.

Trump upset U.S. allies during the election campaign by praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, describing NATO as ‘obsolete’ and questioning whether Washington should protect European allies who did not spend enough on their own defense.

But Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite played down those comments as she inspected some of the 4,000 allied troops taking part in an exercise in a pine forest near the border with Belarus, including Canadian snipers, U.S. infantry and German soldiers with missile launchers.”

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