Czech Republic's Senate approves deployment of soldiers to Baltic states

On 20 July Czech Republic's Senate approved the deployment of up to 290 Czech soldiers in Lithuania and Latvia. These troops will be deployed within NATO's multinational battalion battle groups from 1 January 2018 until 31 January 2019.

Specifically, there will be two units in the Baltic, a rotation task force with up to 250 soldiers that will operate in Lithuania under a German-led battle group and a mortar platoon with up to 40 soldiers, which will be a part of a battalion under Canadian command in Latvia. The deployment demonstrates the willingness of the Czech Republic to fulfil its commitments to NATO and its allies. NATO currently has a tense relationship with Russia in the region and is trying to strengthen its military presence on its external border. Currently, Russia and China are launching naval manoeuvres in the Baltic Sea, which, according to a statement by Russia's Defence Ministry, are meant to show the coordination and cooperation of the two fleets, not to demonstrate strength as the Baltic states are concerned.

About author: Jan Merička


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