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e weapons, known as Patriot Missiles, arriving as part of a two week military exercise. But its placement on Russia's relative doorstep comes amid a massive buildup of NATO forces in the region mirrored in kind by Moscow.
Lithuania's president at a ceremony marking the exercise says her country should have a permanent battery of the anti-aircraft missiles. Earlier this month, the United States approved the possible sale of seven Patriot systems to Romania worth $3.9 billion. Poland says it's signed a memorandum for their own purchase from Washington as well.
Russia has accused NATO of saber-rattling and increasing the risk of a new conflict in Europe. US troops didn't fire their Patriot missiles during the exercise which was also attended by troops from Britain, Poland, and Latvia.