VILNIUS (Sputnik) – Poland is due to host Anakonda-16 joint, multinational exercise on June 7-17. The drills will involve over 25,000 military staff from most of the NATO and partner nations.
"The equipment will be transferred to Poland on Sunday and Monday as well," the ministry stated in a statement, adding the equipment is expected to be transferred back to Lithuania in mid-summer.
The US military will transfer Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles from the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ transport depot located in the Siauliai district municipality. The allies’ equipment will be transported by railway. The Lithuanian military police will provide its safety.
In late 2014, Washington announced plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles into Eastern Europe to be based in Lithuania as a deterrent to what Washington calls Russian aggression.
US troops have rotated in the Baltic states and Poland since the spring of 2014, performing the Operation Atlantic Resolve of the US Army. The Lithuanian Defense Ministry said that in accordance with the implementation of NATO decisions on collective defense, the US allies would remain in Lithuania as long as needed.