President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President and NATO Secretary General to attend military exercise Iron Wolf 2017

2017-06-19

Monday, June 19, Vilnius – Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla to discuss the geopolitical situation, threats to regional security caused by an aggressive and unpredictable neighborhood and the further strengthening of the Alliance’s defense.

After bilateral meeting, the President and NATO’s Secretary General will attend the international military exercise Iron Wolf 2017 in Stašėnai, Jonava District. These drills are the largest held in Lithuania this year with the participation of 5300 troops from 12 NATO member countries.

The military exercise is primarily aimed at testing NATO forward presence battalion’s readiness and maneuvering capacities in the Suwałki corridor.

Lithuania-based and German-led battle group is the first NATO battalion in the Baltic states and Poland that is fully formed and has reached a full combat capacity. The battalion consists of Dutch, Belgian and Norwegian troops serving together with their German counterparts. Next year, it will be joined by soldiers from Luxembourg, France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and Iceland.

The decision to station four forward presence battle groups in the three Baltic states and Poland was unanimously taken by NATO leadership at the Warsaw summit last year in response to growing conventional threats from Russia.  Twenty out of twenty-nine NATO member countries decided to send their soldiers to ensure security in the region.

Iron Wolf 2017 is part of a large-scale regional exercise Saber Strike held in several locations in Lithuania. Large-scale landing, rapid transfer of heavy equipment, regaining territory, counter attacks, and urban warfare will be practiced for the first time.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.06.19 13:53

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