141 of the 157 MPs present voted for the proposal, only the SPD was against. The Senate already agreed to the plan in August.
“The priority of the new mandate is to strengthen NATO’s eastern border,” Defense Minister Jana Černochová (ODS) summarized the proposal at the plenary session.
She was referring to the point of the resolution, according to some, the Czech army will be able to deploy up to 1,200 soldiers on the eastern border of the North Atlantic Alliance in the next two years to strengthen the defense. According to the document, soldiers should operate in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary for this purpose.
The new plan was significantly influenced by the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. For example, the Czechia will send a total of 20 people to protect diplomatic interests in Ukraine, from the date of approval by the legislator until the end of 2024.
US Defense Minister Austin will come to the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic will also participate in several other military actions, where it will send a Czech representative. According to the plan, they are:
- operations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Joint Enterprise within the forces of KFOR (Kosovo Force) in Kosovo in a total number of up to 8 people
- operations of the European Union Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina in total up to 8 people
- operation of the European Union EUNAVFOR MED Irini in a total number of up to 5 people
- the United Nations MINUSMA mission in Mali totaling up to 15 people
- the mission of the United Nations Organization UNDOF on the Golan Heights in a total number of up to 5 people
- the Multinational Force and Observers mission on the Sinai Peninsula in a total number of up to 20 people
At the same time, the proposal contains consent to the stay of the armed forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries on the territory of the Czech Republic, with a total number of up to 800 people.