Czech Republic may send contingent to Baltic

The Czech Republic could send up to 100 soldiers to serve with NATO forces in Baltic and Poland. Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnický said the troops could be sent in the second half of 2016, reported Radio Prague. 

The troops would be part of a rapid response contingent counting 5,000, meant to calm the Baltics and Poland following Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

“That these countries asked for a greater alliance presence on their territory is warranted,” Stropnický told public broadcaster Czech TV Sunday.

In early February NATO Defense Ministers agreed to bolster up military presence in eastern member states. The response force is to consist of 500-1,000 troops in each country.

The United States intend quadrupling support for European collective defense this year, stationing up to 5,000 troops and the required equipment, including artillery and heavy armored vehicles.

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