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NATO agreed new defence and deterrence measures


On July 8 NATO Heads of States and Governments endorsed deployment of four multinational battalions in four NATO allies – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.


Germany announced its decision to be the framework nation for the multinational battalion to be deployed in Lithuania. The United Kingdom will lead the battalion to be deployed in Estonia, Canada – the battalion in Latvia, and the United States of America – in Poland. At the Warsaw Summit, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway declared intents to join Germany in forming the multinational battalion in Lithuania.


“It is landmark decision for both, Lithuania and the entire region. We are progressing from rotational NATO companies deployed since two years ago to a significantly more robust deterrence. When the German-led multinational battalion is deployed in Lithuania next year, the number and strength of Allied troops in our country will increase seven times and it will amount to even stronger commitment to NATO collective defence and deterrence,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas says.


Four multinational battalions will be deployed in the eastern part of the Alliance in the first semester of next year. Until then, the rotational NATO forces will maintain presence and continue training with Lithuanian soldiers. The Visegrad Four countries have announced the decision to deploy a rotational company for training in each of the Baltic states in 2017.


The NATO Heads of States and Governments also agreed to strengthen NATO military presence in Romania and Bulgaria at the Summit in Warsaw. A Romanian-led multinational brigade will be developed and the training element will be enhanced.


The NATO Heads of States and Governments also recognised cyberspace as a new operational domain, such as maritime, land or air domains. NATO will continue strengthening the protection of its infrastructure and networks, and member states, in their turn, will be responsible for enhancing national cybersecurity and will to cooperate with one another. Integration of cybersecurity with operational planning will be further developed. Member states will be encouraged to increase awareness of cybersecurity and to arrange exercises and training in the area.


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