President says political will to defend country is key

Soldier at the an exercise
Viršilos G.Maurico nuotr.

The president was commenting on a journalist’s remark that Russian military drills are of a much larger scale than NATO’s multinational military exercise Iron Sword 2016 that is ending on Friday.

“Comparisons are pointless. What is the most important is the political will to defend one’s country. Full stop,” she told reporters in Pabradė, in the district of Švenčionys, where she observed the exercise.

Troops from 11 NATO countries, including Estonia, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States, took part in the war games. About 4,000 soldiers were deployed concurrently in the Pabradė and Rukla training areas of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The Iron Sword exercise was held in Lithuania for the third time.

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