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''Greater solidarity, strength and readines'': NATO Secretary General marks opening of six new headquarters in Eastern Allies
03 Sep. 2015

''Greater solidarity, strength and readines'': NATO Secretary General marks opening of six new headquarters in Eastern Allies

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended the inauguration of a NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilnius, Lithuania on Thursday (3 September 2015), calling the opening “a big step forward towards greater solidarity, greater strength, and greater readiness.” The Lithuanian NFIU is one of six small new headquarters activated this month in Lithuania, as well as in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania.

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