Scholz guarantees Baltic nations to defend each inch of NATO territory | EUROtoday

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Germany is prepared to defend each inch of NATO allied territory in opposition to any new risk. This is the dedication of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, said throughout a go to to Lithuaniathe place German troops shall be completely deployed.

The head of the German Government met this Monday in Riga, Latviawith the prime minister of the nation, Evika Silina, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyteand the Estonian head of presidency, Kaja Kalla

“Germany is firmly on the side of the Baltic countries”Scholz said, stressing that Berlin will fulfill its commitments to the article 5 as a part of NATO. The chancellor recalled that Washington Treatywhich is the founding foundation of NATO, stipulates in that article that an armed assault in opposition to any member shall be thought of a assault on everybody.

“This means that we protect each other and that each State can trust us to protect every inch of its territory.”

Scholz has met with Gitan Nausedathe president of Lithuania, the place Germany will deploy two battalions of fight troops from the German states of Bavaria y North Rhine-Westphalia to kind the core of the brand new Lithuanian brigade. There is already a battalion within the Baltic Republic, below German command, with rotating personnel from numerous different nations.

Both visited the navy vary of I awokean vital navy set up close to the border with Belarus. The troops stationed there take part within the NATO workout routines that passed off there.

Western navy analysts have lengthy seen the Suwalki Corridorthe a part of the territory of Lithuania that borders Poland, as a attainable Achilles' heel in case of confrontation between Russia and NATO.

Advancing his troops from Kaliningrad and Belarus (Moscow's shut ally), situated on both facet of Lithuania, the Russians may go away the Baltic nations remoted by land, limiting their prospects of receiving reinforcements and provides.