Lithuanian president offers help to NATO battalion amid coronavirus spread

  • 2020-03-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - President Gitanas Nauseda promised on Friday that Lithuania will provide "all necessary assistance" to NATO's multinational battalion that has confirmed over 20 cases of coronavirus infection. 

"Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must see our closest partners, who enable us to face any external threats, next to us," Nauseda posted on Facebook. "I have delivered this message to the commanders of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group stationed in Lithuania". 

"We are ready to provide all necessary assistance to the Alliance's troops who currently serving in Lithuania and whose operations have been affected by COVID-19 cases," he added.

The battalion confirmed on Thursday night that 24 troops had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

"Yes, we have more cases. The total number of cases is 24," Dutch Captain Evert-Jan Daniels, the battalion's spokesman, told BNS.

The German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group was deployed to Lithuania in February 2017 in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine and its activity in the Baltic Sea region.