Senate approves boosting foreign missions

The Senate on Thursday approved the planned reinforcement of some of the current military missions abroad as well as presence of new troops in the Baltics. However, the missions are yet to be approved by the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, whose defence committee did not issue any recommendation last week.

Communist party leaders said last week they had a problem with increased Czech participation in missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and the possibility of the Czech army playing a role in a NATO rapid reaction force in the Baltic States.

They have warned that they could refuse to support a proposed ANO-Social Democrat minority coalition government if the missions are boosted.