Germany to invest €110m in military infrastructure in Lithuania

6 February 2019 (Last Updated February 6th, 2019 11:50)

Germany Defence Minister Dr Ursula von der Leyen has said that nearly €110m investment will be allocated until 2021 to help develop the military infrastructure in Lithuania.

Germany to invest €110m in military infrastructure in Lithuania
Germany to invest €110m to develop military infrastructure in Lithuania. Credit: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD).

Germany Defence Minister Dr Ursula von der Leyen has said that nearly €110m investment will be allocated until 2021 to help develop the military infrastructure in Lithuania.

Reuters reported that Germany has plans to spend €50m this year in joint barracks, which is shared by Nato forces, and in other facilities.

Germany also provides assistance to Lithuania to help modernise the country’s armed forces and military equipment, as well as ensure security in the region.

Ursula von der Leyen said: “We will stay here for as long as the security requires.”

The contribution was announced at the celebration of the second anniversary of the Nato enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (Nato eFP BG) in Lithuania.

“The unit has seen around 8,000 allied soldiers from nine Nato allies serving on a rotational basis so far.”

Lithuania National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “The Nato Battalion is one of the most important deterrence measures demonstrating Nato solidarity and resolve to defend our country. Germany is and will remain our most important defence partner in Europe.”

Nato eFP BG is led by framework nation Germany. The battlegroup will be manned by Germany and contributing nations, namely the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Belgium, with the contribution of an expert from Iceland, and a German combat tank unit.

The unit is integrated into the Lithuanian Armed Forces Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and has seen around 8,000 allied soldiers from nine Nato allies serving on a rotational basis so far.

In 2018, the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf was affiliated to a division of the German Bundeswehr.