What Happened: The United States has started to deploy one battalion and dozens of tanks to Lithuania as part of a scheduled six-month rotation, France 24 reported Oct. 21.
Why It Matters: The deployment is a sign of the United States' increased security commitment to Eastern European countries amid the ongoing standoff between Russia and the West and military buildups by Moscow and NATO.
Background: The United States recently agreed to expand its military presence in neighboring Poland, while Russia will likely increase its own military footprint in Kaliningrad and the Western Military District, which abuts the European Union's easternmost members.
- On Russia's Borders, Bolton Probes for Openings for the U.S. (Aug. 27, 2019)
- In Poland, a Fixed U.S. Presence Will Warrant a Russian Response (June 7, 2019)
- The Baltic Nations Look Abroad and See Problems (Oct. 4, 2018)