Lithuania and Germany to sign agreement on temporary presence of troops

  • 2020-06-29
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania and Germany will sign an agreement on temporary presence of troops in each other’s territory, the Ministry of National Defense reported on Monday.

The agreement would be signed by Deputy Defense Minister Vytautas Umbrasas and Germany's ambassador to Lithuania Matthias P. Sonn at the Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday, the ministry said in a press release.

“Germany is our key ally and a crucial guarantor of stability and security in Europe. Long-time cooperation in defense between Lithuania and Germany has increased considerably in recent years in many areas, such as procurement, training and exercises, international missions and operations, preparedness and deterrence initiatives. Hence the signing of this agreement will further consolidate strong partnership between Lithuania and Germany,” the press release quoted Umbrasas as saying.

According to the deputy minister, the agreement would reinforce military synergies between the two countries and would also make a solid contribution towards the improvement of security in the Baltic region.

The agreement will set out the terms and conditions for the presence of the countries’ troops in each other’s territory and will provide a framework for the introduction of new rules as regards the number of troops and the duration of stay in a country.

The document will also tackle the issues related to environmental protection, the use of telecommunications, humanitarian aid, the terms and conditions of search and rescue operations, etc.

The agreement would be signed at Germany’s initiative, the ministry said.

The document will come into effect once ratified by the Seimas.

Until now, Lithuania has only signed such a high-level agreement with the United States.