Same Duties – Different Treatment?
The Lithuanian armed forces announced a month ago the arrival of 130 US troops. Lithuania will act as a host country and in consequence be obliged to take care of US troop’s meals, accommodation and other necessary logistics.
Laimonas Jakas of the Soldier Rights Defense Center (KTGC) explains that this created a paradoxical situation. “During the same ground training exercises American and Danish soldiers got yogurt, cereals, meat and milk shakes, while Lithuanian soldiers got liver, tomato juice from packets, sprat, and the like. It is a humiliation for Lithuanian soldiers” Jakas argued.
“KTGC found out that the hosting contract provides a sum of 8,2 Euro (VAT excluded) for an American meal a day, while only 5,4 Euro are available for the meal for a Lithuanian soldier” he concluded.
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