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Lithuania puts its rapid reaction force on high alert

December 08, 2014, 23:40 UTC+3 VILNIUS
“When such level of battle readiness is announced, the rapid reaction force troopers stay in their military units,” the Lithuanian Defense Ministry explained
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VILNIUS, December 8 /TASS/. Lithuania has put its Rapid Reaction Force on high alert, the country’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

“When such level of battle readiness is announced, the rapid reaction force troopers stay in their military units,” the Lithuanian Defense Ministry explained.

“High alert will last for as long as the security situation requires,” Brigade General Vilmantas Tamosaitis, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, said.

This measure is a reaction to Russia’s increased, according to Vilnius, military activity in the Baltic region.

“Military reconnaissance experts are tracking the situation down,” General Tamosaitis said.

Lithuania’s Rapid Reaction Force has been created to repel the threats of an unconventional war, which is waged without active and obvious military hostilities. A combat unit is formed on the basis of already existing units of the armed forces. The Lithuanian Rapid Reaction Force consists of two combat groups /each is equal to a battalion in terms of strength/; air force teams and units of reconnaissance, fire support, operational support; anti-air defenses; engineering and other unites. Each combat group consists of about 800 servicemen while the entire strength of the Rapid Reaction Force is 2,500 people.

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