Germany's chief of defense visits German soldiers stationed in Lithuania
Germany's new Chief of Defense, General Eberhard Zorn, on Monday visited his country's soldiers serving in NATO's multinational battalion based in Rukla, in central Lithuania.
Zorn met with Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Ruediger Otto, commander of the enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, and Lieutenant Colonel Aurelijus Motiejūnas, acting commander of the Iron Wolf mechanized infantry brigade, the Defense Ministry said.
The German general also met with Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras, the Chief of the Joint Staff, to discuss the security situation in the region, the status of the NATO battle group and other issues regarding the Alliance's forward presence in Lithuania.
Zorn replaced General Volker Wieker as Germany's Chief of Defense in April.
Deployed to Lithuania in early 2017 to beef up deterrence and collective defense in the region, the NATO battle group currently comprises around 1,400 soldiers from Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, as well as a representative of Iceland. About a half of the soldiers, as well as the commanders, are from Germany.