U.S. Army Europe commander to visit Lithuania

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commanding general of the US Army in Europe is seen during a press conference after NATO Saber Strike military exercises on June 16, 2017 in Orzysz, Poland. / AFP PHOTO / Wojtek RADWANSKI

The Commander of the US army in Europe Ben Hodges will visit Lithuania on a two-day visit, during which he will meet with President Grybauskaite to discuss the security situation in the region and visit U.S. Rotational forces, the Lithuanian government press secretary reported on Wednesday.

General Hodges is due to arrive in Siauliai today, and the visit is set to last until September 1.

The General will meet with President Dalia Grybauskaite in Vilnius, Minister of defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis and the commander of the Lithuanian army Jonas Vytautas Jukes, RIA Novosti reported.

According to the report, Hodges plans to visit the landfill in Rukla (Yanovski district), where he will meet with commanders of the International NATO Battalion, stationed in Lithuania, and take part in the ceremony of the rotation of U.S. military forces that have recently arrived in theater. On Tuesday, a Rotational force of U.S. troops arrived with 30 pieces of military equipment to participate in joint exercises.

According to the Ministry, the U.S. military will stay in Lithuania until the middle of October. U.S. forces in the Baltic States began the rotation in 2014. Earlier, President Grybauskaite approached the U.S. with a request for a permanent deployment of the U.S. military in the region, ending speculation that a permanent presence will not be sought by the Lithuanian government.





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