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NATO must do more to counter Putin’s ‘delusions of grandeur’, German minister says

NATO must do more to protect itself against Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Christine Lambrecht, German Defence Minister (pictured), stated on Saturday (8/10) that “we cannot see how far Putin’s grandiose fantasies could take us.”

Lambrecht visited the German troops in Lithuania and stated: “One thing’s certain: The current circumstances mean that we must do more together.”

“Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine is growing more brutal and unscrupulous… Russia’s threat to nukes shows that Russian authorities have no scruples.”

Despite what it calls Putin’s “nuclear-saber-rattling”, the United States repeatedly stated that it has not seen any indications that Russia is planning to use nuclear weapons.


In 2017, Germany sent its first troops in NATO member Lithuania after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. It acknowledged that Russia invaded Ukraine 24 February and promised to significantly increase its mission in June.

Lambrecht officially opened a permanent German command centre in Lithuania on Friday (7/10). She stated that she could move a brigade of troops from Germany to Lithuania in 10 days if necessary.

A NATO brigade consists of between 3,000 and 5,000 troops. Lambrecht said that regular exercises in Lithuania would enable rapid deployment of troops, if necessary, to join the 1,000 troops already in Lithuania.


Lambrecht stated, “We stand by our allies.” We have heard Russia’s threats to Lithuania. It was implementing European sanctions near Kaliningrad. These are not the only threats we face, so be ready.

Since February, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia have been calling to request assistance. They are requesting NATO to provide the largest European build-up of combat-ready troops since the Cold War.

NATO countries were not willing to set up permanent bases in the Baltics, as it would have been expensive and difficult to maintain. Moscow would consider it provocative to establish a permanent presence within the Baltics. They may not have enough troops or weaponry.

NATO instead decided to put thousands of troops on alert in countries further west, such as Germany, for quick reinforcements.

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