Participation in NATO as well as joint foreign-missions in Afghanistan and Mali and the fight against Daesh will be priorities for the Czech military over the next two years, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický tweeted on Monday. All missions still have to be approved by Parliament; the Defence Ministry is counting on allocating around 2.3 billion crowns for the missions. The current mandate for foreign missions expires at the end of 2016.
The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, says the European Union and NATO should prepare for possible changes to migration routes to Europe. Speaking after talks in Prague on Tuesday with Austria’s president, Heinz Fischer, he said the EU should boost security on the sea between Italy and Libya, adding that he could also see NATO playing a role in such operations. Mr. Sobotka said an EU deal with Turkey seemed to be stemming the flow of migrants from there to Greece; though this is good news, fresh routes can be expected, he said.
The coordinated terrorist attacks this week in Brussels, which claimed more than 30 lives, made clear, once again, the daunting task faced by the EU and the security community. Czech General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, told Radio Prague that far greater cooperation between different players, including the EU, will be needed.
The Czech Republic would not be able to furnish the troops and soldiers expected to support allies in the case of an emergency, according to a February evaluation by the alliance’s Defense Policy and Planning Committee, the ČTK agency reported Wednesday. A shortage of trained soldiers and equipment would cause the shortfall, the report said. Poland, alone among Central and East European countries, was praised for living up to its commitments. The report did however praise the Czech government for the pledge to raise defence spending to 1.4 percent of GDP.
The Czech Republic supports Georgia’s ambitions to join NATO and will continue to assist the country in the process of modernizing its army, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said following talks with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Prague on Monday. The Czech prime minister welcomed the democratization process in Georgia, the above-standard relations between Prague and Tbilisi and expressed appreciation of Georgia’s active approach to the Eastern Partnership programme an EU initiative aimed at strengthening bonds with six former Soviet satellites : Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
Defence Minister Martin Stropnický has said that the Czech Republic could send up to 100 soldiers to serve with NATO forces in eastern member states. Speaking on a TV discussion programme, he made clear that if preparations went according to plan, the Czechs could be sent in the second half of 2016.
The minister of defence, Martin Stropnický, said the Czech Republic could send 100 soldiers to serve with NATO forces in eastern members of the alliance. Speaking on a Czech Television discussion programme on Sunday, Mr. Stropnický said if preparations went according to plan, the mission could be sent in the second half of the year. Reacting to Russia's treatment of Ukraine, NATO decided to beef up the defence of its easternmost members with a new rapid reaction force composed of 5,000 soldiers.
Defense minister Martin Stropnický has said that a team of Czech instructors, ground crew and technicians could be sent to Iraq to help train local staff to use the L-159 jets which the Czech government has agreed to sell to Baghdad. Stropnický’s comemnts came during a NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels. The minister said he would like to put the proposal to the government. The contingent would represent further help in the fight against Islamic State. Czech Republic has agreed to sell 15 surplus to requirement subsonic L-159 aircraft to Iraq. The deal has been stalled by British concerns that some radar technology for the planes which it is supplying might fall into the wrong hands.
Minister of Defence Martin Stropnický has said that the Visegrad four regional grouping should consider sending a rotating contingent of troops to the Baltic States for training with local forces. The minister made the suggesting during an ongoing two-day ministerial meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The idea would in part answer the Baltic States’ repeated demands for a stepped up military presence from its allies given the increased fears and tension with neighbour Russia.
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