Czechia and US sign defence cooperation agreement in Washington

A defence cooperation agreement between Czechia and the US was signed in Washington on Tuesday by the Czech minister of defence, Jana Černochová, and her American counterpart, Lloyd Austin.

Earlier in the day Ms. Černochová had told reporters that the treaty was not on basing US soldiers on Czech soil or on the creation of an American military base in the country.

Ms. Černochová told Czech Television that the Czech side had got as much as possible out of the deal.

The defence cooperation agreement creates an overarching framework to codify already existing cooperation between the two countries' militaries.

The US has such agreements with more than 20 other NATO members.

Author: Ian Willoughby