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U.S. is discussing reinforcement of Baltic States - Lithuanian president

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By Reuters
Lithuania declares state of emergency after Russia invades Ukraine
Lithuania declares state of emergency after Russia invades Ukraine   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022

VILNIUS – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris told Baltic leaders that Washington is considering reinforcing their states militarily as the Ukraine-Russia crisis grows, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Friday.

“We were told that yes, at this moment they are discussing the question of reinforcing the Baltic States, because the threats require an answer both within the NATO format, and from our ally United States,” Nauseda said in a video statement from Munich.

“I think the decisions will come soon. I hope our defence ministers will be able to discuss the details in Vilnius.”

Leaders from the Baltic States – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – met with Harris on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will meet his Baltic counterparts in Vilnius on Saturday.