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No time to joke: Baltics ask NATO to deploy Alliance troops on their territories

The letter with such a request was sent by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

No time to joke: Baltics ask NATO to deploy Alliance troops on their territories

The defense chiefs of the armed forces of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia asked NATO to deploy the Alliance troops in the territory of their states on a permanent basis – this step must scare Russia. It was announced by Mindaugas Neimontas, a spokesman for Lithuania's chief of defense on Thursday, Joinfo.ua reports.

The chiefs of the armed forces of the Baltic countries have requested to create rotational brigade of NATO, which would include battalions of 700-800 soldiers in each country.

The letter was signed by representatives of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and addressed to Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said Captain Mindaugas Neimontas, the representative of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

"It is necessary because of the security situation," Neimontas told Associated Press on Thursday. In his opinion, the situation in our region has not improved, so this has to be a deterrent.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, military aircraft and vessels of the Russian armed forces have been repeatedly noticed at the borders of the Baltics. In response, NATO has intensified its activity in the region.