Coronavirus response: Allied medical teams reinforce NATO battlegroup in Lithuania

  • 13 Apr. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 13 Apr. 2020 14:19

Military medics from Croatia, Germany and the Netherlands have arrived in Lithuania to reinforce NATO´s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup. The battlegroup, led by Germany, is taking care of its own troops in order not to burden Lithuania‘s health care system.

Members of the medical teams said they looked forward to working together with their colleagues to ensure troops in the multinational battlegroup stay healthy, and all necessary precautionary measures continue to be taken. Their deployment sends a clear signal of NATO solidarity, strengthening the battlegroup´s mission of deterrence and reassurance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stressed that despite the pandemic, NATO maintains operational readiness, including through its air policing mission and the multinational battlegroups in the Baltic region. The battlegroup in Lithuania is stationed in Rukla and is one of NATO´s four multinational battlegroups in the Baltic countries and Poland.