About this inform Czech Newspapers.
It is noted that on August 10, the relevant decision was adopted by the Senate of the country. Now the plan for the deployment of the military must also be adopted by the House of Representatives.
In total, in 2023 and 2024, according to the government’s proposal, up to 1,362 military personnel may serve on foreign missions. Current missions are valid until the end of this year.
The Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic Jana Chernokhova informed the senators that this plan was significantly influenced by the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
According to the proposal, up to 1,200 soldiers are to be deployed “as part of strengthening the defense of NATO’s eastern border” in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
According to the minister, the government’s plan also provides for the allocation of 20 soldiers “to protect the diplomatic interests of the Czech Republic in Ukraine”, who will be able to leave immediately after the mandate is approved and will guard the embassy in Kyiv.
So far, in the east of the alliance, the Czech Republic operates in Lithuania and Latvia, and since April it has been commanding a multinational NATO battle group in Slovakia.
According to the plan, there is also the possibility of a short-term stay on the territory of the Czech Republic by military personnel from other NATO countries in the number of up to 800 people.
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