Worried, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are rearming and hosting NATO soldiers on their soil. At the same time, the local civil defense leagues are recruiting massively.
Only a few minutes were needed on Thursday for Lithuanian MPs to adopt in final reading the increase in the defense budget to 2.52% of GDP. The decision was taken unanimously. Since January 4, 1994, when the Lithuanian President sent an application for membership to the Secretary General of NATO “in the name of all Lithuania”, defense issues are always subject to consensus.
The Lithuanian army now has 1.5 billion euros available in 2022. On the shopping list, there is therefore the purchase of combat drones, helicopters and ammunition. It is also necessary to finance the construction of accommodation to accommodate 400 soldiers within the framework of the host nation of NATO.
The presence of Russian troops in Belarus has changed the situation. “The border of Russia has moved closer to Lithuania”, underlines Laurynas Kasciunas, president of the parliamentary commission for defense and security. “What we planned to do ten years from now, we have to…