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DW: Germany to send tanks to Russian border
Germany has confirmed it is sending Leopard 2 tanks to Lithuania as part of NATO plans to reinforce the Baltic states. But the presence is largely symbolic, since Russia is still militarily superior in the region.
Protecting Lithuania from Russia is to be Germany's responsibility, according to the new NATO defense plans that emerged at this week's summit in Brussels. The German Defense Ministry showed on Wednesday evening just how seriously it is taking this task, confirming to the DPA news agency that next year it will be sending Leopard 2 tanks to the Baltic country's Russian border in addition to the 650 soldiers it had already promised - though it would not clarify how many.
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Update: NATO battalion at Russian border to get German tanks — defense ministry (TASS)
WNU Editor: I am glad that my father is not alive to be reading this. He fought for the Soviet Army in World War II, and he knew too well what the German Army did. He would be flipping enraged right now. What's my take .... I know that this is a symbolic deployment of a few hundred troops and tanks, but it sets up a precedent that will increase in time .... while bringing back bad memories for those who remember the war.