Germany Deploys Tanks in Lithuania as Part of Mission to ‘Intimidate’ Russia

Monday, February 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

The Bundeswehr is leading a 1,000-strong troop battalion that was deployed to Lithuania earlier this month as part of NATO’s Atlantic Resolve mission. On Friday, dozens of additional German military vehicles were placed in the Baltic country and are expected to be stationed one hundred kilometers from the Russian-Lithuanian border.

The move has been called by several German media outlets a mission to “intimidate” Russia. According to German Der Stern magazine, in this way, NATO wants to strengthen its eastern flank and deter alleged Russian aggression. The mission is called eFP which is the abbreviation for Enhanced Forward Presence.

“Today we expect the arrival of the fourth and the last train carrying around 20 Marder infantry combat vehicles, bridge parts and a special tank. By this, the deployment of German forces is completed and we can begin the training next week,” German military Torsten Stephan was quoted as saying last week.

The military activities of German forces near Russian borders were also covered by Austrian media sources.

“On Friday, there was a historic movement of troops: for the first time since the end of World War II German tanks have been brought to the Russian border,” Austrian website wrote.

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