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Lithuania may deploy troops to the Indo-Pacific region

Lithuania may deploy troops to the Indo-Pacific region Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis (photo: Getty Images)

The Lithuanian Seimas has approved a plan for international missions in 2024, including the possibility of deploying Lithuanian military personnel to the Indo-Pacific region, reports LRT.

Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, explained that the decision was made because the country's strategic partners are increasingly focusing on the Indo-Pacific region.

Earlier in the summer, the Seimas approved strategic directions in the Indo-Pacific region, aiming to strengthen Lithuania's comprehensive cooperation in that region.

"To achieve these goals, the State Defense Council has agreed on Lithuania's participation in allied operations in the region, sending up to 10 soldiers and civilian servants from the national defense system," stated Landsbergis.

Security reinforcement in the Indo-Pacific region

At the end of July this year, it was announced that the United States and Australia planned to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and open a joint intelligence center.

In August, Japan, the United States, Australia, and the Philippines conducted joint military-maritime exercises in the South China Sea. The main goal of the exercises was to strengthen cooperation among the four countries to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The United States also plans to deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in the Indo-Pacific region in 2024 to enhance deterrence against China.