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Some 67 percent of Lithuanian residents agree that the international NATO battalion under establishment in Lithuania will help deter hostile countries, shows a poll published on 27 January.
Lithuanian and NATO flags
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When asked whether they agree to the statement that the battalion, to be stationed in Lithuania in 2017, will help deter hostile countries, 46 percent of respondents said they were in support and 21 percent said they were greatly in support.

The statement was objected or fully objected by 18 percent of respondents, and 15 percent said they did not know the answer.

According to the poll for the Defence Ministry, 81 percent said they were in support or in full support of permanent Allied presence in Lithuania, while 12 percent were against or fully against. Another 7 percent did not have an opinion on the matter.

NATO last year agreed to station a battalion of troops in each of the Baltic states and Poland in response to what it said was Russia's intervention in Ukraine and military activity in the region. Each of the battalions will include about 1,000 troops.

About 100 Belgian troops to serve in the battalion, as well as the unit's leadership arrived in Lithuania in January.

The survey of 1,010 permanent residents of Lithuania aged between 15 and 74 was conducted RAIT pollster on December 9-20 of 2016. The error margin is about 3 percent.