Czech troops to deploy to the Baltics

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 12.5.2017 09:36

On Tuesday 9 May, Czech Defense Secretary Martin Stropnický informed about the government’s decision to send Czech troops to the Baltics next year to strengthen NATO's combat groups presence in the region.

In total, 290 members of the armed forces will be deployed within NATO battle groups in Lithuania under the German command and in Latvia, where a mortar platoon will be sent to serve under the Canadian command. However, the mission, which will not last more than one year, has to be approved by the Parliament. The reinforced presence of the North Atlantic Alliance's armed forces on its eastern flank stems from last year's NATO summit in Warsaw. In particular, it is a response to Russia's policy and its activities on its western border that create concern in the Baltics states. The international military presence of the allies is aimed at clearly demonstrating the readiness to defend the sovereignty of NATO member countries, further strengthened by the Baltic Air Policing, recently taken over by Poland.

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