As part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) force being deployed in the Baltic region near Russian, Germany is deploying hundreds of its own soldiers to the region.
The 500-strong military contingent, including 450 troops from German armed forces and the rest from Belgium and the Netherlands, assembled in the Bavarian town of Oberviechtach on Thursday for deployment to Lithuania, PressTV reported.
“In the past few months, we have undergone a highly intensive training,” said Christoph Huber, commander of the so-called German Panzergrenadiere force, emphasizing that the soldiers were looking forward to the “great task.”
The force consists of soldiers from Battalion 122 of Germany’s mechanized infantry, along with 26 Leopard-2 tanks and 170 armored vehicles. They will be stationed in Lithuania just 100 kilometers away from the Russian city of Kaliningrad in the coming weeks.