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France to send 300 troops to Lithuania

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    France will send 300 troops to Lithuania in late June, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS after meeting his French counterpart in Paris on Monday.

    "France will in late June send a large contingent of about 300 troops to join the German-led NATO forward presence," said Linkevičius.

    This will mark the second deployment to the battalion since 2018.

    "Our troops participate in missions that are important to France. We have about 40 troops in Mali, and [the French] appreciate our contribution. This is our mutual interest. We try to help each other in [our] priorities," he added.

    Linkevičius made the announcement after a meeting with Franch Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

    NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania consists of over 1,200 troops from six countries, including more than 600 from Germany, the lead nation.

    https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1141590/france-to-send-300-troops-to-lithuania