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    A group of six minesweeping warships of NATO member states is arriving in the western Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

    In this file photo dated Aug. 29, 2014, NATO naval mine countermeasure vessels berth in Turku, Finland, during the international Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO14) military exercise
    © AP Photo / RONI LEHTI / Lehtikuva via AP, FILE
    VILNIUS (Sputnik) — The ministry added that the group comprised of BNC Narcis, HMS Grimsby, ENS Sakala, LVN Simanta, HNOMS Maloy, Skalvis from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia, Norway and Lithuania respectively.

    "[A group of] six minesweeping warships of NATO [member states'] navies is arriving to the port of Klaipeda," the statement read.

    According to the statement, the group is part of the alliance's permanent Response Force.

    Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European countries bordering Russia, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext.


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