Lithuania: US rotational troops to remain beyond 2026: Pres. Nauseda

The US may keep rotational forces in Lithuania beyond 2026, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda announced, BNS reports. Speaking after a meeting with US President Joe Biden, Nauseda revealed that he had heard “assurances of US flexibility” in meeting allied needs. Nauseda said that it was “realistic to expect” that the US troop presence in Lithuania would remain unchanged. He said that the issue would “certainly be discussed further” during the NATO summit in Vilnius. Around 1,000 US troops are currently stationed in Lithuania. Defence Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said that Lithuania would seek a prolonged presence of NATO forces in Lithuania.