Czech Government to send troops to Baltics to join NATO


Associated Press, 10 May 2017

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a Defense Ministry plan to deploy almost 300 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces.

Government spokesman Martin Ayrer said Wednesday up to 290 soldiers will be deployed for just over a year from the start of 2018.

Such a deployment still has to be approved by Parliament.

The Defense Ministry says the Czech troops will join NATO forces in Latvia and Lithuania.

In recent months, NATO military forces have been deployed into countries bordering Russia after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea prompted fears that other ex-Soviet republics – including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – could be next.

4 responses to “Czech Government to send troops to Baltics to join NATO

  1. I know this is a necessary measure with its political impact being greater than its actual impact to the situation on the ground. However, deployments like this also fuel Putin’s propaganda war which is in full force at the moment trying to portray NATO as the bully next door while conveniently ignoring the fact that it is Russian expansionism and aggression that has forced NATO to act. It infuriates me when I hear British people saying that we are provoking Russia because it is clear to people like us who have a memory span of more than five minutes that this is just the latest stage of back and fore between NATO and Russia. To not act would only invite Russia to step beyond its sphere of influence even further and then things really get messy.

    There, Wednesday rant over 😀

    • Many people don’t realise that the Russian Federation has 300,000 troops stationed in the Western Military District, including Belarus. NATO has a number of 4000 strong brigades, which when combined with local military forces such as Lithuania (11,800); Estonia (5,750); Latvia (5,310); Germany (180,000); Poland (99,300); Hungary (26,500); Romania (71,400) and Bulgaria (31,300), achieve parity in numbers, but the Russian’s have a distinct advantage in that they can mobilise their forces far more quickly than NATO is able to, which is relying heavily on mobile quick reaction rotational brigades. Let us not forget the ease in which Russia took the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. NATO forces have only just started to catch up. For those who say that NATO is provoking Russia, I ask, “do you not remember the recent conflicts in Georgia, the Crimea and Ukraine? Do you not remember direct Russian influence in the Montenegran elections in the Balkans?”. Russian military troops, artillery, tanks, IFVs, ballistic missile systems and aircraft have been stationed on the Eastern Flank of NATO and in the Kaliningrad Oblast, increasing their assets exponentially, long before the build up of NATO forces. Thanks as always for your input Tony.

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