The exercises involve more than 6,000 troops from 13 NATO countries, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the website of the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania.
This is one of the largest exercises in Lithuania since the country joined NATO. Their purpose is to improve the cooperation of allies in the planning and execution of military operations and to increase professionalism of the military.
"This exercise is an opportunity to give one more demonstration of both our armed forces' and our strategic partners' abilities to organize military drills of such scope together and to continue honing interoperability," Major General Almantas Leika, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force, said in a statement.
The maneuvers will last until June 19 and will be held in Estonia, Latvia, and Poland.
It should be recalled that NATO is strengthening its North-Eastern Corps in Szczecin in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. In May, the NATO countries also carried out military exercises entitled Platinum Eagle – 2015 in Romania. In addition to the Romanian military, the exercises also involved the military units of the U.S. Army and Bulgaria.